Sand smugglers attack VAOs, officials
Police seize five tractors and an earth-mover; one arrested
A gang of sand smugglers allegedly attacked three Village Administrative Officers and other government officials in Mahadhanam village in Nagapattinam on Thursday when they attempted to intercept a sand-laden tractor. A videoclip of the attack that went viral showed the VAOs and a sub-inspector trying in vain to seize the tractor.
Subsequently, a team of police personnel from the Velankanni police station arrived at the scene and seized five tractors and an earthmover.
A senior official of the Revenue Department said a First Information Report naming six persons had been registered and the tractor driver arrested.