Rashmi Ranjan

Cuttack: The Revenue Inspector (RI) of Mahanga Tehsil was allegedly attacked by some sand mafias in presence of police personnel at Koliatha area here in the district on Saturday.

According to sources, the RI identified as Ganeswar Hemram and his team was attacked by the sand mafias for opposing illegal lifting of sand.

Acting on a tip off on illegal sand mining in Birupa river, a team from Mahanga tehsil headed by Herman raided the spot and found a tractor without a registration number is carrying sand illegally.

When the team attempted to seize the vehicle, the owner of the tractor and his relatives attacked the officials. 

Hemram sustained head grievous injuries in the attack and has been admitted to Mahanga community health centre, sources informed.

Meanwhile, local police have launched an investigation into the matter and assured stringent action will be taken against the accused.