Punjab

FOUR PERSONS BOOKED FOR ILLEGAL SAND MINING, FOUR TRACTOR TROLLEYS OF ILLEGAL SAND BESIDES A JCP MACHINE RECOVERED

March 18, 2020 09:52 AM

Ferozepur (Vikramaditya Sharma)

Tightening the noose around the illegal sand mining, four tractor-trolleys of illegal sand besides a JCP machine have been seized in three separate cases lodged in this border district. As per information, two persons identified as Sukhdev Singh, resident of Village Gurditi Wala and Surjit Singh, a resident of Village Chahal were booked for illegal mining at Village Chahal in Mallanwala block.

Giving details, SI Joginder Singh said that following the inputs, a raid was conducted in the fields where accused were doing illegal mining. “though, both the accused managed to fled from the spot, the police successfully recovered one JCB machine and two tractor-trolleys of sand”, said IO Joginder. A case under sections 379 IPC, 2(3) Mining and Mineral Act 1957 was registered against the accused at Mallanwala police station (FIR No. 21 dated 16.03.2020).

As per the data available, more than 20 cases for illegal sand mining have been registered in just two months in this border district. In last two years, a total of more than 800 persons were booked by the police in illegal mining cases and a fine of around 20 crores had been imposed. However the process continues unabated allegedly under political patronage only. When contacted, SSP Bhupinder Singh said that the police will not spare anyone involved in illegal sand mining.

In other case registered at Guruharsahai police station, police booked one person identified as Manjit Singh, a resident of village Mohan ke Uthar and recovered one tractor-trolley of illegal sand. One unidentified person was booked at Zira police station for illegal mining and one tractor-trolley of illegal sand was recovered.

Notably, on February 24, six persons were booked in three separate cases in this border district. Later, four persons were arrested by the police in connection with these cases.

As per the data available, more than 20 cases for illegal sand mining have been registered in just two months in this border district. In last two years, a total of more than 800 persons were booked by the police in illegal mining cases and a fine of around 20 crores had been imposed. However the process continues unabated allegedly under political patronage only. When contacted, SSP Bhupinder Singh said that the police will not spare anyone involved in illegal sand mining.

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