Stone mafia tries to crush Tehsildars under JCB during raid

KalingaTV News Network

Khordha: Raising concern among field level officials in the state, stone mafias tried to kill a group of Tehsildars by running them over by a JCB in Patrapada Mouza under Badapokharia panchayat in the district during a raid on Wednesday.

The victim Tehsilars who has a close shave in the attack are Khordha Tehsildar Subhendu Kumar Sahoo, Tangi Tehsildar Asish Kumar Jena and Chilika Additional Tehsildar Prithviraj Mandal.

The Teshildar trio launched a crackdown on illegal stone quarries operating across the Tangi Tehsil yesterday. As a part of the crackdown several quarries operating in Olasingh and Badapokharia panchayats were raided. However, during the raid at Badapokharia village a group of stone mafias gave the officials a proposal to release their seized vehicles by accepting bribe. As the officials declined, the mafias attacked them and snatched away at least two trucks, two JCBs and eight power tillers.

While fleeing away with the vehicles from the spot, some of the attackers tried to mow down the official trio under the wheels of a JCB, which they managed to escape.

Tangi Tehsildar lodged a case in the incident at Nirakarpur Police Station late in the night.

The OAS Officers’ Association has condemned the attack and warned of a stir if the culprit is not arrested in next two days.

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