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A year on, no progress in probe into alleged attempt on Udupi DC’s life by sand mafia

A year on, no progress in probe into alleged attempt on Udupi DC’s life by sand mafia

Mangalore Today News Network

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.


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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.


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