The officials were part of a team that had conducted one raid and were carrying out the second at a place called Kadlur when they were allegedly attacked by a mob.
"We had gone on a surprise visit at 10 pm along with my assistant commissioner, driver and gunman," Ms Francis told NDTV. At Halnad, they arrested six people and handed them over to the police. From there, they had gone to Kandlur, where there was a huge mob.
"I told them over the loud speaker that I was the DC, but still they tried to attack us. We still don't know how we got out of there, it was panic situation," she said. "Even when we escaped they chased our vehicles and were hitting the vehicle. Then we realised we had left the VA behind and we informed the beat police and rescued him. But he was assaulted badly."
But the authorities keep a check on uncontrolled sand mining, which can have an adverse impact on the environment.
Ms Francis said she had conducted raids as assistant commissioner in an earlier posting in Chikkodi, but there, people used to run away. She said in Halnad too, people had tried to run and that the mob only gathered in Kandlur.