Merchants Of Death Going Scot Free in AP
Amaravati: The sand Mafia is ruling the roost in Andhra Pradesh. There have been hundreds of instances of transporting sand by lorries from the river beds of Krishna, Godavari, Swarnamukhi etc.
Most of the ruling party MLAs and other important leaders are making huge profits from sand business. The process of collecting and transporting the sand has been creating a lot of disturbance in the villages on the way. The roads have been ruined and the pollution has been bothering the people. There have been sporadic movements by the villagers in protest against the sand theft. Some tahasildars and mining officers tried to stop the rot. But when they understood that the Government was deliberately allowing the theft, they either kept quiet or had fallen in line. Vanjakshi, a tahasildar in Krishna district, belongs to this category. There are many who were in league with the plunderers.
The reason behind the death of 15 persons at Yerpedu in Chittoor district on Friday afternoon was sand smuggling. The farmers from a village on the banks of Swarnamukhi river went to Yerpedu to complain against the sand contractors to the revenue and police officials. When they were before the police station at Yerpedu, a drunken driver drove a heavy truck into the crowd hitting two autos and one electric pole resulting in death of 15 persons and injuring 24 persons.
People are waiting for the Government to end the menace of sand mafia.