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Sanaur locals booked for ‘flagging’ sand theft

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Tribune News Service

Patiala, July 29

Residents of Lalina village in Sanaur have alleged that a fake case of theft of sand had been registered against them on the directions of a DSP-level officer. The villagers said the case had been registered at the Sanaur police station on the complaint of village sarpanch, who himself was responsible for the act. Sanaur MLA Harinder Singh Chandumajra accompanied the villagers to the SSP office and sought action against the accused police officers.

'Cops under political pressure'

We have already got a case registered against the sarpanch, Krishan Singh. But the police officials, instead, registered a fake case of theft of sand against five residents of the village on July 28 due to political pressure exerted by the sarpanch. — Harinder Singh, Complainant

The villagers, in a complaint submitted to SSP Mandeep Singh, alleged that the sarpanch had extracted a huge amount of sand from the village pond on the pretext of cleaning it. The sand was then sold to private persons without permission of the government officials. Harinder Singh, one of the complainants, said: "We have already got a case registered against the sarpanch, Krishan Singh, and also submitted a complaint to the office of Sanaur BDPO on July 24. But the police officials, instead, registered a fake case of theft of sand against five residents of the village on July 28 due to political pressure exerted by the sarpanch."

Chandumajra said: "While this has brought to the fore that illegal mining is rampant in the Chief Minister's own district, cases are being registered against whistleblowers." He said he had met the SSP and urged him to inquire the matter.

"The SSP has marked an inquiry to SP City, Varun Sharma," the MLA added. Sanaur SHO Karamjit Singh and DSP (Rural) Ajaypal Singh could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.



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