With the fall of the high and mighty mining barons, this iron rich district, infamously known as the "Republic of Bellary", is going to the Lok Sabha polls bereft of the overbearing mining clout and hangover.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday chose graft, BJP`s main plank in the Lok Sabha polls, to attack the saffron party, saying "are they blind" to people like B S Yeddyurappa in Karnataka and mining mafia of Chhattisgarh.
Less than a week after revocation of her suspension, Uttar Pradesh IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, who had taken on sand mining mafia in Gautam Budh Nagar district, was tonight posted as Joint Magistrate of Kanpur (Rural).
Close on the heels of an attack on a SDM by mining mafia in Solan, a senior police officer in the district was allegedly obstructed from performing his duty while conducting a raid to check the illegal activity.
Suspended IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, who took on the powerful sand mafia in Gautam Budh Nagar on Friday met Secretary to the Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav at Lal Bahadur Shastri Bhawan, official sources said here.
Rubbishing the allegations that the suspension of Gautam Budh Nagar Sub-Divisional Magistrate had come under pressure from the mining mafia, UP CM said the step was taken because there was a possibility of communal tension.
A RTI activist who has been working to expose irregularities in the mining sector claimed to be living in constant fear after receiving death threats by mining mafia who were allegedly supporters of the ruling party.