Caught completely napping by powerful mining mafia after an aborted attempt on life of young IAS officer, Yunus, a Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Nalagarh, police have finally invoked section 307 IPC (Attempt to murder) against Makhan Singh, driver of tractor - trolley arrested on Wednesday after registration of the FIR against him.
A local court had already remanded the accused to five days police remand.
Initially, the police had booked Makhan Singh only under section 353 IPC (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) but later in the day as pressures grew on Superintendent of Police (Baddi) S.Arul Kumar, the police added new sections of 307 and 279 (rash driving) and 336 (endangering personal safety of others).
Today, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, acting on a report sent by Deputy Commissioner Solan Madan Chauhan, ordered for a major crack down against the mining mafia active in the state.
“I have just ordered the administration to probe this particularly incident, and then tighten its noose around illegal mining/sand mafia. A coordinated drive should be launched immediately to deal with those involved in unlawful mining. The government has fully support the action of young IAS officer Yunus. He will get a full support to check illegal mining in the area”, Virbhadra Singh said at his residence.
Confirms Solan DC “I have sent a hard-hitting report to the Chief Secretary Sudripta Roy giving factual position and also sequence of events which followed aborted attack on SDM, who has been carrying on a relentless crusade against illegal mining. He (SDM) was being targeted by sending frivolous complaints against him. There have been complaints about inaction by the police and forest officials."
Now, after Deputy Commissioner intervention the police promptly added attempt to murder sections on the FIR though there was still no reference to violations done under the mining act.
This was, infact, third such attempt on the SDM posted at Nalagarh for past six months and depositing an amount of Rs one crore in the state exchequer as fine he had imposed after having seizures hundreds of vehicles/tractor-trolleys carrying sand and gravels illegally.
“It's true that kind of support, I needed from other agencies including police and forest, was not coming. The government, however, had been fully backing me” says Yunus, when contacted over phone celebrating his Eid with family in