Geology and mineral staff attacked near Panthachowk

Srinagar, June 06 (KNS): A staff of geology and mineral staff was attacked in the intervening night between Friday and Saturday.
District Mineral Officer Srinagar (Geology & Mining) Sartaj Ahmad said " The staff conducted seizure of vehicles illegally carrying minor mineral at Panthachowk, Byepass. During the operation one of the person namely, Mohammad Ashraf Sofi aka Cheema Dev of Panthachowk carrying illegally minor mineral was plying Tipper without registration and number plate". Sartaj said that when field staff tried to stop him him, but he manhandled and misbehaved with knife and hijacked two staffers and wounded. He further said the said person didn't stop here but also unloaded the tipper into the middle of the road and escaped from the scene.
Immediately SHO, Panthachowk was informed and FIR was lodged.
It is pertinent to mention that District mineral officer has seized more than 30 vehicles those were transporting illegal mineral in last three days.(KNS

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