A clash erupted in Agra on Thursday between police and a group of people protesting the death of a man called Pawan, who died in an accident when his truck carrying sand overturned.
The crowd also allegedly set a police chowki and a few vehicles on fire.
Police said the incident took place in the Tajganj area and the Tora police chowki was set on fire. Stones were also thrown, police officials said.
It is suspected that the man was carrying illegally mined sand.
Agra District Magistrate (DM) Prabhu Narain Singh said the location where the incident happened was near the Yamuna River, where sand had previously been legally mined, but the call for ‘offers had expired. “About three months ago, the mining contract was finished. We have launched a new call for tenders, but no one has come forward yet. The man’s village is nearby and local residents are mining sand illegally, ”he said.
“Around 11 am Thursday, a young man was driving a tractor with a cart full of sand. The youth did not appear to be a qualified driver and when a police vehicle passed him he got scared and hit the accelerator. This particular road is high. The tractor driver lost control and the tractor overturned and fell on the fields below. He was rushed to Shanti Manglik Hospital. Local residents believed the police were responsible for his death, ”Singh added.
He said about 300 local residents came to the chowki, vandalized it and set it on fire.
The situation was brought under control in about two hours, officials said, adding that those involved in the vandalism and arson will be identified using CCTV footage and reserved.
“A young man had an accident and the tractor he was driving overturned. He was taken to hospital, where he died. Some Lumpen elements vandalized the local police chowki, set it on fire and some vehicles parked outside. They tried to disrupt law and order, which prompted the deployment of force to the site, including the SSP area, ”Inspector General (Agra Range) A Satish Ganesh said.