Forest guard trying to nab sand mafia goons crushed to death

BHOPAL/GWALIOR : In yet another case of sand mafia, a forest guard Narendra Sharma has been crushed to death on Sunday after a tractor-trolley carrying sand illegally, overturned on him on Morena-Gwalior route on National Highway-3 under Purani Chhawni police station of Gwalior. Driver Lalla Gujar has been arrested under Section 302 of the IPC and vehicle has been seized.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has announced an ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh to kin of the deceased and job to one of the family member of Sharma.

The incident took place around 5am on Sunday during an operation of joint teams of forest department of Gwalior and Morena districts on Gwalior-Morena Road. The team spotted a sand-laden tractor-trolley and they tried to stop the people onboard the vehicle. Forest guard Sharma jumped on one of the tractor-trolleys. The driver sped up the vehicle which turned turtle crushing Sharma. Gwalior collector Vinod Sharma, SP Vineet Khanna and Morena police officials immediately rushed to the spot.

Gwalior SP Harinarayan Chari Mishra, while talking to Free Press said, “A case of murder under section 302 of the IPC has been registered against tractor-trolley driver Lalla Gurjar. Forest guard Narendra Sharma tried to stop the tractor–trolley but driver sped up the vehicle and turned it to a field. Consequently, the vehicle overturned on Sharma at Rairu village on Morena-Gwalior route under Purani Chhawni police station of Gwalior. Driver has been arrested and the vehicle has been seized.”

Last year in April, a police constable was crushed to death when he tried to stop a dumper involved in sand mining under Noorabad police station in Morena district. On April 5, 2015, Constable Dharmendra Chauhan, who was posted at the Noorabad police station, Morena district, also died after he was run over a sand-laden he was trying to stop.

On March 8, 2012, IPS officer Narendra Kumar was brutally crushed to death under a tractor belonging to the illegal mining mafia. A CBI probe  was later conducted into the killing and accused Manoj Gurjar was arrested. He was later awarded a 10-year jail term under section 304 of the IPC.

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