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Gunmen shoot dead man fighting sand mafia in Noida

The sand mafia of Gautam Budh Nagar district, operating on the border of Uttar Pradesh and the national capital, have allegedly eliminated a whistle blower on Wednesday, who had lodged a complaint against them. According to family members, the deceased had complained against illegal sand mining in the region to the administration around three months back during the tenure of suspended IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal.

Paleram  Chauhan (50) was sitting in the lawn of his house at village Raipur when three persons came on a bike and one of them fired four bullets at him, said the police. He was rushed to Kailash hospital but was declared brought dead. ‘In the police complaint, the sons of the deceased have suspected the hand of an alleged member of the mining mafia named Sonu, who is the son of a Delhi police constable.

Sonu has a criminal background and was released on bail last week,’ said Dharmendra Chauhan, inspector of sector 39, Noida police station. The police had announced a reward on his head and subsequently he was arrested by Noida police around two months back under the Uttar Pradesh Goonda Act.

Paleram, according to sources, had complained against Sonu and other members of the sand mafia to the administration about their illegal work three months back. Subsequently, a raid was carried and his trucks were seized.

The police, however, have tried to term the case a matter of personal rivalry. ‘We don’t have any information regarding his complaint against illegal mining in the region,’ added Chauhan.
However, sources point out that ever since Durga Shakti Nagpal, who had cracked down on the sand mafia, was suspended the criminals are feeling emboldened. Though the IAS officers’ association demanded revocation of her suspension, the government looked all set to chargesheet the young IAS officer.
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