Con­trac­tor among 3 booked for il­le­gal min­ing in Phillaur

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - PUNJAB - Jatin­der Ma­hal

MIN­ING DEPART­MENT FOUND THAT SAND WAS BE­ING EXTRACTED FROM THE AR­EAS WHICH WERE NOT AL­LOT­TED TO THE CON­TRAC­TOR

PHILLAUR :Ja­land­har po­lice have booked min­ing con­trac­tor and his two work­ers for il­le­gal min­ing at un­ap­proved site and mak­ing fake weigh­ing slips in Phillaur sub­di­vi­sion of the district on Satur­day.

The ac­cused have been iden­ti­fied as con­trac­tor of Salkiana min­ing quarry Sham Sun­dar Arora from Am­rit­sar and his two work­ers Yad­winder Singh and Gur­jant Singh.

A case has been reg­is­tered un­der Sec­tion 21 of the Min­ing Act and 379 (theft), 420 (cheat­ing), 467 (forgery of valu­able se­cu­rity), 468 (forgery for pur­pose of cheat­ing) and 471 (us­ing as gen­uine a forged) of the IPC.

HT ac­cessed a copy of the FIR which states that dur­ing the raid, min­ing depart­ment found that sand was be­ing extracted from the ar­eas which were not al­lot­ted to the con­trac­tor. Fake weigh­ing slips with forged stamps were re­cov­ered from the pos­ses­sion of those ar­rested. Th­ese were not is­sued by any depart­ment, FIR men­tioned.

As per the in­for­ma­tion, a team of Phillaur po­lice and min­ing depart­ment led by min­ing in­spec­tor Sukh­pal Singh, act­ing on the com­plaints of lo­cal res­i­dents, con­ducted a raid at a govern­ment-ap­proved Salkiana min­ing quarry on Fri­day

They found out that il­le­gal min­ing was taking place at the site along with two trucks and two trac­tor-trol­leys with sand.

Min­ing in­spec­tor Sukh­pal Singh said that team found fake weigh­ing slips from the driv­ers while con­trac­tor’s aides were found at un­ap­proved min­ing sites.

Min­ing in­spec­tor said they in­spected the min­ing site on Satur­day to ex­cess ex­act loss so it could be re­cov­ered from the con­trac­tor.

He said min­ing work was stopped on Satur­day at Salkiana quarry and case has been for­warded to se­nior of­fi­cers for fur­ther course of ac­tion.

In­quiry of­fi­cer and as­sis­tant sub-in­spec­tor Jang Bhah­dur Singh said that a case has been reg­is­tered on the ba­sis of rec­om­men­da­tion by min­ing depart­ment and no ar­rest has been made so far.

“We have booked official con­trac­tors of the quarry and will ask them to join the in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” he said.

Ear­lier in May, Phillaur po­lice and min­ing depart­ment had seized three ex­ca­va­tors be­ing il­le­gally used at the Salkiana quarry but no ac­tion was ini­ti­ated against the con­trac­tor of the site.

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