Woman who opposed sand mining attacked by criminals; 4 teeth fall off
Kasaragod: A woman who protested against illegal sand mining in Anchara coast in Manjeshawaram has been attacked by a gang of criminals. Reetha D’Souza (55), wife of Ottakkai native Felix D’souza was attacked. Her four teeth fell off and hand was fractured in the attack.
Police have charged a case against five persons in connection with the incident. Among them, Anchara native Noufal (21) was arrested. The incident took place on Sunday by 1.30 pm.
An argument occurred between Reetha and some locals in connection with Reetha’s statement to media regarding sand mining in the area and this ended up in the attack.
The criminals hit Reetha on her face with stones, as per the complaint. The window panes of her house was destroyed in stone pelting. Reetha was given first aid at Kumbala Taluk Hospital and later shifted to a private hospital in Mangaluru.
Illegal sand mining is commonly practiced at 2 km area from Manjeshwaram Anchara coast to Church beach. Sand has been mined upto 2 km from the coast. The locals had blocked a lorry carrying sand the other day.