In a shocking incident, a woman officer from the mining department was attacked by a group of people allegedly involved in illegal sand mining in Bihta town in Patna district, Bihar.
The officer was reportedly dragged and assaulted by the anti-social elements while she was carrying out an operation related to sand mining in the area.
According to reports, the attackers not only manhandled the officer but also injured two mining inspectors who were accompanying her during the operation. The incident was caught on camera and the video went viral on social media, drawing widespread condemnation from people across the state.
Taking cognizance of the incident, the Bihar government has swung into action and arrested 44 people in connection with the attack. Three FIRs have also been filed while raids are underway to arrest others involved in the incident, said Patna SSP.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, has instructed the concerned officials to identify the attackers seen in the viral video and take appropriate action against them.
Opposition leader and RJD leader Shivanand Tiwari has also condemned the incident and called for strict action against those involved.
The attack on the woman officer has once again highlighted the rampant illegal sand mining taking place in the state and the dangers faced by officers trying to clamp down on the illegal activities.
The incident has also raised concerns about the safety of government officials in Bihar and the need for better security measures to protect them.