Udupi, Apr 02, 2018 : It has been a year since Udupi Deputy Commissioner Priyanka Mary Francis and Kundapur Assistant Commissioner Shilpa Nag were attacked by a group of around 50 persons allegedly belonging to the sand mafia. The incident had occurred on April 2, 2017 at Kandlur in Kundapur taluk when the DC and the AC had been to an illegal sand extraction site in the area and at Halnadu following complaints from the members of the general public.
The team of officials which had first raided Halnad had later proceeded to Kandlur on the banks of Varahi at around 12.15 when a group of over 50 people intercepted the vehicles of the officials and attempted to assault them. An attempt made to assault them. The official team included Amparu Village Accountant Kantharaju, DC’s car driver, body guard and the Assistant Commissioner and her husband.
The officials had subsequently lodged a complaint at the Udupi town police following which as many as 26 to 30 accused including a minor were arrested. One accused Bhasker Mogaveera had got himself admitted to hospital with severed fingers. The incident had even sparked protests by various organisations and political parties.
In connection with the incident, the Tahsildar had ordered extradition of five workers of Uttar Pradesh origin. The parents of the arrested had even staged protest in front of the station alleging innocents were arrested.
The then Udupi DySP Kumaraswamy had filed a charge sheet before the Public Prosecutor and the same is under review and will be submitted to the court. All accused have been presently been released on bail.