6 hurt as villagers clash with mining contractors

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6 hurt as villagers clash with mining contractors

Thursday, 10 January 2019 | PNS | Lucknow

A dispute over using a road for plying trucks loaded with sand at Barahmori mining site of Kone in Sonebhadra led to clash between contractors and villagers leaving over half-a-dozen injured on Wednesday morning.

The agitated villagers later torched over a dozen vehicles of mining contractors to protest the incident. Later, senior police officers backed by a heavy police force rushed the spot and restored normalcy.

As per reports, some villagers were thrashed by goons of mining mafia at Barahmori site in Kone as the latter ordered the villagers not to use the road through which their sand-laden trucks were plying.

The dispute took an ugly turn on Wednesday morning, when the goons assaulted a villager after which all local residents gathered and clashed with the goons resulting in injuries to half-a-dozen people.

The angry villagers later ransacked the mining contractor’s office and torched several vehicles of the contractor and the staff parked there. The mob torched four two-wheelers, one Scorpio SUV, a Maruti car and a Safari, all owned by the mining contractor.

Senior officers, who rushed to the spot after learning about the incident, summoned additional police force from Hathinala, Duddi and Chopan police stations to defuse the situation.

Later, the police got a case registered and the situation was being closely monitored to ensure that there was no further clash.

The police said that action would be taken against the mining contractor for instructing the villagers not to use the public road.

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