ALLAHABAD, March 30 -- A sand trader was tied to a cot and set on fire allegedly by sand smugglers after he objected to the illegal mining in Trans-Ganga area under Handia police station limits during the early hours of Thursday, police said. The trader is undergoing treatment at a private hospital where his condition is stated to be critical, they said. Trans-Ganga SP Sunil Kumar Singh said an FIR has been lodged against Brahm Dev Mishra, Munna Singh and Dharam Singh based on a complaint filed by the victim's wife.

Published by HT Digital Content Services with permission from HT Mumbai....