Police sub-inspector Umesh Narayan Kambale has been fighting to end the sand mafia's stronghold in Manvi taluk ever since he was posted in Raichur district. 

 

But all attempts failed when he received a transfer order soon after he started working against the powerful sand mafia. Being agitated by this decision, Raichur residents staged a massive protest in support of the police officer.


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Kambale has been transferred to Devadurga police station within one year of being posted at Manvi. He has filed around 80 sand mafia cases within one year and has also confiscated sand amounting to ₹8 crore. The people in Raichur district claim that the sand mafia is influencing these transfer orders. 


Dr. Shivaraj Patil, MLA, Raichur says “Umesh Narayan Kambale tried to curtail illegal sand mining and so the sub-inspector is transferred.”
However, BV Naik, Raichur MP denies the transfer to be a departmental move.


A similar story of another police officer Anupama Shenoy, who resigned after she was unsuccessful in wiping out the liquor lobby in Ballari district, has not yet been erased from the people’s mind.