Sandur MLA pulled down mine wall: NMDC

Sandur MLA pulled down mine wall: NMDC
The National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) Limited on Monday accused Sandur MLA E Tukaram (Congress) of demolishing the boundary wall of its unit in Donimalai.

In a statement, the NMDC said Tukaram, along with some other people, demolished a part of the boundary wall being constructed by Donimalai Iron Ore Mine.

The mine falls under Sandur taluk of Ballari district. As part of the effort to protect government property from encroachment and also in the interest of safety and security of the residents of Donimalai township, NMDC commenced the construction of boundary wall around the township in 2016.

However, when NMDC erected the boundary wall near Akash Nagar camp, an illegal camp adjacent to NMDC quarters with about 200 families, some local leaders asked for opening at about four spots. The NMDC agreed to temporarily leave one opening and also assured the residents that an additional approach road could be built if required and the residents had agreed to the same.

On Sunday evening, Tukaram ordered the NMDC officials to pull down the wall.

The statement said the MLA went ahead and demolished the wall along with some local residents, despite the presence of the sub-inspector (SI) of police, ASI and tahsildar, who all tried to dissuade the legislator from taking law into his own hands.

Inspired by the defiant act of the MLA, the boundary wall was breached at two more places in the evening by some miscreants.

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