A police constable was mercilessly killed when he was run over by the tractor of a local sand mafia, while trying to stop alleged sand smuggling in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore district on Sunday.
According to reports, a team led by Sub-Inspector P Rajan and constable Kanagaraj, on a tip off that sand was being illegally transported, rushed to the stop it and asked the driver of the tractor to halt the vehicle. Kanagaraj climbed on to the tractor and collared Suresh in a bid to stop him from escaping.
However, he dodged Kanagaraj and pushed him from the tractor. Kanagaraj fell between the tractor and the trolley loaded with sand and was caught under the rear wheel.
The43-year-old head constable attached to the Thakkolam police station was on Sunday mowed down by a sand smuggler, a DMDK councillor’s son who is said to be very close to Vijayakanth, when the policeman tried to stop him from smuggling sand from the Kosasthalaiyar riverbed near Purusai village.
The police seized the vehicle and a case was also registered against the accused.
Expressing grief over the incident, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said the accused, Suresh, first pushed the constable Kanagaraj down and then ran the tractor over him.
She has also announced a relief of Rs. 10 lakh and ordered the police to take strict action against those responsible.