Mining mafia members attack transport officials on Punjab-Haryana border

Mining mafia members attack transport officials on Punjab-Haryana border


AMBALA: A group involved in mining activities attacked Ambala additional deputy commissioner (ADC)-cum-secretary state road transport authority (RTA) Preeti and other officials on Punjab-Haryana border under the limits of Panjokhra police station late on Friday.
The accused persons pelted stones at the officials and damaged an official vehicle. Several videos of the incident which went viral on internet showed the group attacking RTA officials and their vehicle with stones.
Two officials posted with ADC Ambala, including her gunman constable Karambir and her driver Kuldeep Saini sustained injuries in the incident, told the police.
One official of Ambala RTA transport, sub-inspector (TSI) Sher Singh, is missing and has not reported to his office, told assistant secretary Ambala RTA, Roop Chand.
Meanwhile on the complaint of Roop Chand, who was also present at spot at the time of incident, a case has been registered against four accused identified as Buta Singh, Kulwant Singh, Rajeev Gadaria, Sachin Saini and other unknown persons under Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (unlawful assembly), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 307 (attempt to murder), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from his duty), and 365 (kidnapping or abducting) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Panjokhra police station at 01.25 am on Friday.
Roop Chand stated to the police, “On Thursday, our team under the leadership of Ambala ADC was checking overload vehicles from 12pm onwards. We checked many vehicles and at about 8pm, we reached near a Haryana liquor store in Panjokhra before the turn of Tasimbli village road. Several overloaded vehicles were seen and we started checking them after laying a naka (barricade). During this time, owners of several overload vehicles reached the spot in their personal vehicles and started turning back their overload vehicles which were stopped by the team. Then, ADC took us along and attempted to catch those vehicles. During the chase, upon entering some Punjab area, they confronted our vehicle with their personal vehicles.”
“They launched a deadly attack on ADC and staff. They confronted my staff’s vehicle (HR06R0018) with their vehicles and launched an attack with sticks and stones. They damaged our vehicle and pushed it into a ditch and our staff received injuries in the incident. They kidnapped our employee Sher Singh TSI and the rest of the staff saved themselves after running into the fields,” stated Roop Chand.
Roop told TOI, “It is mining mafia which is involved in this attack and it is very hard for us to work in such circumstances as our safety is a major concern.”
The Ambala police have handed over the investigation of this case to Naraingarh crime investigation agency (CIA) and so far, no arrests have been made.
Naraingarh CIA in-charge inspector Arvind Kumar told, “Two officials of RTA Ambala got injured in a violent attack on their team in Panjokhra police station area. Efforts are being made to nab the accused involved in this case and they are at large.”



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