It appears that nothing can stop the sand mining mafia in Chambal division of Madhya Pradesh. The Morena district administration on Monday had announced cancellation of all gun licenses of three villages after mining mafia goons resorted to indiscriminate firing on a police party that tried to stop illegal mining.
On Wednesday, a six-year-old boy was crushed to death in Poora village under the Ambha police station area, by a rashly driven tractor-trolley carrying illegally mined sand. The driver of the tractor fled along with the vehicle from the spot after the incident.
Several such incidents have been reported from the Chambal division in the recent past and according to villagers they keep on repeating because illegal miners drive rashly to evade police action and there is no one to stop them.
In neighbouring Dabra, a gang war between two factions of the sand mining mafia led to a murder of a youth on Tuesday. The youth was shot dead after a clash between the two factions over a spot from where sand was being mined illegally. The dead man has been identified as Sattar Kahan. According to the police, he too was armed with a licensed gun but could not use it.
For the past four days, the sand mining mafia has struck four times in three different places in Madhya Pradesh. Kallu Yadav was also killed by the mining mafia in Chhatarpur last week. The Dabra incident happened a day after a similar clash between the same two factions was reported. Police was informed about the incident but there was nothing that the police could do about it.
In Morena, the district administration has threatened to charge the mining mafia goons under the National Security Act but so far the threat has had no deterring effect.
The Opposition Congress has urged the state Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to convene an all-party meeting to discuss means to curb the menace.
Chouhan in the past few weeks has spoken harshly on Illegal mining but this too has had no impact as the mining mafia continues to operate with impunity.