Man burnt to death in MP mob vi­o­lence

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION | POLITICS POLICY -

Bhopal: Vi­o­lence broke out in Hoshangabad around mid­night on Wed­nes­day af­ter a sand-laden dumper ran over a 28-year-old farmer near Gu­j­jar­wada vil­lage. A mob torched 24 dumpers, and a charred body was found in the smoul­der­ing bat­tle zone on Thurs­day morn­ing.

The area is still tense and ad­di­tional forces have been de­ployed. Sand min­ing is banned in the Nar­mada river basin but po­lice claim the killer dumper — and those torched — were car­ry­ing sand mined from a trib­u­tary river of Nar­mada.

Congress lost no time in at­tack­ing the BJP gov­ern­ment on the is­sue. PCC chief Ka­mal Nath said: “Il­le­gal sand min­ing is ram­pant in the en­tire state. If there is a river, there is min­ing, and if there is min­ing there must be a BJP leader.”

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