Bhayandar : Attacks on revenue department staffers by the sand mafia seem to have become a common phenomenon in the rural parts of Thane district. Government officials, including local Talathi, D N Jadhav and Circle Officer, Shashikant Bhoir, were attacked and threatened by mafia involved in illegal extraction of sand in Virar late on Thursday night.

According to the police, a team of Revenue officials had halted two sand laden trucks at Bolinj village and were checking the permission documents required to ferry sand, when the miscreants mounted a violent assault on them.

Three people, identified as Jeetendra Kushwaha, Chetan Vaze and Virendra Kushwaha, have been arrested.

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