The Hindu

Sand smugglers attack VAOs, officials

Police seize five tractors and an earth-mover; one arrested

- Special Correspond­ent

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.

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