Sand Mafia Mows Down MP Cop, CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan Announces SIT Probe

06/04/2015 5:12 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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BHOPAL, INDIA - FEBRUARY 11: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan during his inspection of swine flu ward at JP hospital at district hospital on February 11, 2015 in Bhopal, India. As many as 216 people have lost their lives to Swine Flu across the country in the first ten days of February as the death toll due to the contagious disease mounted to 407 this year, mostly in states like Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. (Photo by Bidesh Manna/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

BHOPAL — Taking serious note of the alleged killing of a police constable by sand mafia in Madhya Pradesh's Morena district, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday said that the case will be probed by a Special Investigation Team.

Chouhan reviewed the incident during a high-level meeting at Mantralaya and directed the officials concerned to take stern action in such cases, an official spokesman said.

The matter will be probed by an SIT, Chouhan said at the meeting.

Terming the incident as "unfortunate", he directed the officials concerned to submit the report on the matter within 15 days.

State Home Minister Babulal Gaur was also present at the meeting.

40-year-old constable Dharmendra Chouhan, posted at Noorabad police station, was allegedly mowed down by sand mafia when he tried to stop a dumper carrying illegally mined sand from Chambal river near a village in Morena district, early Sunday morning.

A case under section 304 of the IPC (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) was filed against the dumper driver, who fled from the spot after the incident.

The Madhya Pradesh High Court banned sand mining in the river more than five years ago in response to a PIL, observing that it posed threat to gharials who lay eggs in the sand.

In March 2012, IPS officer Narendra Kumar was mowed down by a tractor allegedly owned by sand mafia in Morena district.

A CBI probe was later conducted into the killing and the accused, Manoj Gurjar, was arrested. He was later awarded a 10-year jail term.

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