On March 8, while visiting a village near to the Dharoi dam in the Sabarkantha district, Nitin Sangwan, a Gujarat IAS officer, was allegedly held hostage and assaulted by a group of men engaged in fishing.
The event is thought to have been caused by the discovery of alleged irregularities in a fishing project.
The attack on Mr. Sangwan, who is the Director of Fisheries, injured him, but he was not in danger, according to Vishal Vaghela, the district superintendent of police for Sabarkantha. Mr. Sangwan was in the village on March 6 with his subordinate staff.
According to him, three have been arrested by the police for their claimed involvement in the assault on the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer.
“While three persons involved in the crime have already been arrested, efforts were on to identify and nab the other accused,” said Mr. Vaghela.
Bureaucrat and his team visited the village of Ambavada
The bureaucrat and his team visited the village of Ambavada, which is close to the Sabarmati River’s Dharoi Dam, to evaluate a fisheries project in which the State Government pays local contractors to begin “cage culture fishing” in the dam water.
The 2016-batch IAS officer was accompanied on the visit by D.N. Patel, a senior Fisheries Department official from Palanpur, as well as some junior staff, according to the FIR (first information report).
In his complaint to the Vadali police station, Mr. Patel alleged that Babu Parmar, one of the key accused and a fishing contractor, began arguing with Mr. Sangwan when he learned the official had discovered his wrongdoings and may file a lawsuit.
Mr. Parmar, a local of the Khedbrahma taluka hamlet of Kanthapura, became enraged and bit Mr. Sangwan close to his knees. Mr. Sangwan and his team were held hostage by Mr. Parmar until they agreed to write and sign on a piece of paper pledging they would not file a police complaint against him after leaving the area. Mr. Parmar then called 10 to 12 other men, who arrived at the scene armed with sticks.
In addition, it was claimed in the FIR that Mr. Parmar and others had threatened to dump Mr. Sangwan and his team into the dam.
The Vadali police had filed a FIR against Mr. Parmar and his men under several Sections of the IPC, including 386 (extortion by inducing fear of death in a person), 147 (rioting), 189 (threat to injure a public servant), 332 (causing harm to a public servant), 342 (wrongful confinement), and 353 based on the complaint made by Mr. Patel (assaulting public servant).
Dilip Parmar, Nilesh Gamar, and Vishnu Gamar, all residents of Banaskantha district, were among those arrested, according to the police.
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