Guwahati, Apr 4 (PTI) The sand mafia tried to kill the officer-in-charge of Chaygaon police station for making an effort to stop their activities in South Kamrup area, Congress MLA Rekibuddin Ahmed said in the Assam Assembly today.

Yesterday night, the Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Chaygaon police station Bhaskar Mallah (Patowary) chased a sand truck after getting an information and after that he was followed by a vehicle, Ahmed said in Assembly during a special mention.

“Fortunately, a police team reached the spot and intercepted the vehicle,” Ahmed said.

The vehicle was about to hit the Chaygaon OC with an intention to kill him, but he escaped unhurt, he said.

“Had the police team from Bijaynagor not reached on time, Bhaskar Mallah would not have been alive today,” Ahmed said in the House.

“A serious nexus is going on between sand mafia and administrators. They are running a parallel administration,” he added.

Reacting to the Congress MLA’s statement in the Assembly, Assam Environment & Forest Minister Pramila Rani Brahma said that such attacks on police officials used to take place a lot earlier, but have come down, since the BJP-led government came to power in the state.

“Such things have not been taking place for one day, but happening for a longtime. Trying to kill the OC is serious matter. A joint effort is needed to eliminate such dacoits,” the Assembly Speaker, Hitendra Nath Goswami, said.

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