LAHAN, Jan 14: The Province 2 government has decided to shut down crusher plants which are being operated illegally in the province.
On Monday, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Law decided to shut down the illegally operated crusher plants, and informed the local administrations of all eight districts of the province about the decision.
The government was severely criticized for not monitoring the illegally operated crusher plants in the region after a young activist Om Prakash Mahato aka Dilip was murdered by crusher mafia last Friday.
The 24-year-old was allegedly struck a killer blow and then crushed to death by a tipper truck belonging to ‘crusher mafia’ for raising voice against illegal extraction of aggregate from a local river. He had been campaigning against the illegal riverbed extraction from the Aaurahi River by crusher plants.
On Friday, Mahato had reached the Aaurahi River to stop illegal extraction of aggregate and sand, when Bipin Mahato, owner of Churiya Mai Crusher Industry, allegedly stabbed him with a pointed iron lever and then crushed him with a tipper truck, police investigation has revealed.
Meanwhile, the accused have already accepted that they murdered Mahato as he was trying to ruin their business.
A murder case has been filed against Bipin Mahato, truck driver Munindra Mahato, 37, a resident of Bardibas Municipality-9; driver Jitendra Mahato, 24, a resident of Bardibas-2, and Roshan Kumar Yadav, 27, a resident of Mithila Municipality-5.
On Sunday, Dhanusha Court has remanded four persons accused of murdering Mahato in judicial custody for five days. The district court granted permission to the police to further investigate their alleged involvement in murdering Mahato, a resident of Mithila Municipality-5.
The kin of the deceased had filed a case of murder at the District Police Office, Dhanusha against the accused.
Meanwhile, the victim’s family has also demanded investigation against Inspector Ram Kumar Yadav of Area Police Office, Dhalkebar as he didn’t prepare a field report before removing the dead body from the incident site.
Laxmi Mahato, sister of the deceased, has claimed that Inspector Yadav colluded with the crusher operators to hide evidences from the crime scene.
Meanwhile, the cabinet meeting of Province 2 has decided to provide Rs 500,000 to the bereaved family.