New Delhi(PTI): A police constable was mowed down allegedly by sand mafia when he tried to stop a dumper carrying illegally mined sand from Chambal River near a village here in the wee hours on Sunday.
Constable Dharmendra Chouhan went to Louhgarh village under Noorabad police station limits along with a team late last night following a tip-off that some persons involved in a loot incident were hiding there. He spotted a dumper parked on a roadside there and decided to check it past midnight, Inspector General, Chambal Range, RS Meena said. The driver upon seeing police tried to escape from the spot along with the dumper loaded with illegally mined sand, he said.
But, the 40-year-old constable, posted at Noorabad police station, clung onto its door on the driver's side and tried to pull him down, he said.
The driver then started reversing the dumper at a great speed and then turned it towards the driving side. As a result, the vehicle fell into a ditch and overturned trapping the constable under it resulting in his death, Meena said. The dumper driver fled from the spot soon after the incident, he said.
The constable's body was retrieved from under the dumper and sent for autopsy, the IG said that adding a case has been registered in this regard and further investigations are on.
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 under IPC section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder).