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Mining dept officials attacked in Chhota Udepur for stopping illegal sand mining

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Two people were attacked in Chhota Udepur after they tried to stop illegal sand mining in the district. This is the second such attack on officials trying to stop sand mining in Gujarat. Earlier several cops were attacked by a mob in Bhuj when they tried to stop illegal sand mining during routine patrolling.

As per a complainant filed with the cops a patrolling team of the geology and mining department of the district was attacked by a group of 15 people. Yogesh Savjani , mines supervisor in the geology and mining department of Chhota Udepur district, suffered severe injuries to the head but his condition is now reported to be stable. A security guard accompanying him was also attacked.

Six people have been booked for the crime of which one has been detained so far. A crackdown operation by the Chhota Udepur police was initiated on Thursday morning.

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The team went on a patrol after an online complaint of illegal sand mining in Fatehpura area of Chhota Udepur town was registered with them. The team detained a truck loaded with sand and the driver was detained after he failed to produce the requisite document including the royalty pass. As the team returned with the truck driver, and seized the truck, some 15 people gathered around it and began unloading the truck. When Savjani intervened he was attacked and they drove away with the truck.