One held for il­le­gal sand min­ing at Taloja

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A 42-year-old man was ar­rested by the Taloja po­lice on Tues­day for al­legedly il­le­gally dredg­ing sand at a creek in their ju­ris­dic­tion.

Five oth­ers, who were also in­volved in the in­ci­dent, man­aged to flee and the po­lice are now search­ing for them.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, a group of six men dredg­ing sand near the creek at Taloja vil­lage around 4.30pm. They did not have any of­fi­cial per­mis­sion for do­ing so.

Act­ing on a tip-off, the po­lice along with tehsil­dar of­fi­cials raided the place and ar­rested Ab­dul Raut Pa­tel, a res­i­dent of Taloja.

“The oth­ers man­aged to flee be­fore we reached. We have re­cov­ered sev­eral plas­tic pipes, sand worth Rs45,000 and other equip­ment worth Rs10,000 from the spot,” said an of­fi­cer from Taloja po­lice sta­tion.

The ac­cused was pro­duced be­fore the ju­di­cial court on We d n e s d ay and has been re­manded in po­lice cus­tody.

The po­lice have not found any crim­i­nal record against him so far.

“The main cul­prits, who de­ploy the labour­ers for dredg- ing sand, are mostly out­siders and they never come to the spots,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer.

“Usu­ally, they hire labour­ers who don’t know much about the city. Mi­grant Bangladeshis seem to be their first pref­er­ence, as they are ready to work for lower wages com­pared to In­dian labour­ers. Such rack­ets are strong in ar­eas such as Pen, Roha, Uran and Ma­had among oth­ers,” he added.

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