Two held for constable's murder by sand mafia

By PTI Published on May 08, 2018 05:05 PM IST

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Tirunelveli (Tamilnadu): A 37-year-old police constable was killed, allegedly by the sand mafia here, when he attempted to stop them from illegally mining sand from the Nambiyaar riverbed, the police said today.

Two persons, one of them a polytechnic student, have been arrested in connection with the case.

Jagadeesh Durai, attached to the Vadakku Vijayanarayanam police station, had reportedly received a tip-off Sunday night from a person claiming to be a police sub-inspector, regarding illegal mining activity at Pandichery village and rushed to the spot.

On seeing Durai, a special branch constable, gang members tried to flee in their tractor. However, Durai chased and nabbed them at some distance following which a scuffle broke out between them.

He was attacked by the gang with iron rods, police said, adding, Durai was found lying in a pool of blood in a forest area near the village.

In a petition submitted to the Superintendent of Police, Tirunelveli district, the deceased's wife alleged that some officials in the police department had worked in connivance with the sand mafia to kill Durai, who was investigating illicit sand mining in the area.

The Tamilnadu government has announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the kin of the deceased.

Chief Minister K Palaniswami has directed that one person from the family of the victim be provided government job commensurate with his/her qualification.