Balasore: A Revenue Inspector (RI) in the district sustained severe injuries after he was allegedly run over by a dumper by a sand mafia at Ambaliaatha square under Jaleswar police limits on Thursday.
The RI has been identified as Dilip Chand. The victim has been admitted to a nearby hospital in a critical condition.
According to reports, Chand was conducting inspection of the vehicles. The sand mafia tried to eliminate him when he tried to prevent the vehicle transporting sand illegally to West Bengal.
The driver of the dumper tried to run over him. The vehicle ran over the foot of the RI and the driver managed to flee away.
Upon being informed, police rushed to the spot and started an investigation into the incident.
"We were on enforcement duty along with the Additional Tehsildar. A local vehicle ran over my leg when we tried to prevent it from illegal transporting of sand," said Chand.
According to reports, illegal sand mining is disconcertingly prevalent in several parts of the State. It is alleged that sand is being lifted from the approved areas within different quarries. Such activity is resulting in the change of course of the affected-river, thereby increasing threat to villages close to the embankments.
(Edited by Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)