Odishatv Bureau

Khurdha: Unidentified members reportedly belonging to mafia involved in illegal stone quarrying today threatened to kill a group of tehsildars who were returning with seized trucks and JCB machines after raiding illegal stone quarries in Nirakarpur area of Khurdha district.

Tehsildar of Tangi and Khurdha along with the additional tehsildar of Chilika had raided seven illegal stone mines in the district and seized JCB machines and trucks.

While returning, a group of miscreants waylaid them and attempted to crush them under JCB machine. They also took away the seized machines and vehicles from the officials forcefully, informed sources.

A case has been registered at Nirakarpur police station in this connection. Police immediately swung into action and have launched an investigation by raiding various hideouts to nab the miscreants.

A similar incident had taken place in March last year when stone mafia had attacked Jatni tehsildar Bijay Kumar Swain and some other officials who raided an illegal stone quarry in the area.