Nearly 80% of the illegal sand seized by suspended sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Durga Shakti Nagpal has been stolen in the last one week.
The stolen sand - auctioned for Rs. 8 crore to Omendra Khari, a close associate of SP leader and UP minister Narendra Singh Bhati on July 10 but never picked up - was seized after numerous drives against sand mining mafia in the Gautam Budh Nagar district.
The district police had stepped up its drive against sand mafia after the Supreme Court glare on illegal sand mining in the country. But the mafia once again became active after the uproar over Nagpal's suspension died down.
"FIRs have been lodged and I am conducting an inquiry into how the sand was stolen from the sites which were supposed to be under police possession," the SSP said.
The total quantity of seized sand at nine sites was 2,00,777 cubic meter from the villages of Gadhi Samspur, Wazidpur Nangla Nagli, Asgarpur Kondli Bangar, Kambakshpur, Badoli, Jhatta, Gulavli and Mangroli in the Gautam Budh Nagar district.
On August 3, Deputy Collector Anju Lata had sent a list of seized sand to the Gautam Budh Nagar police department, to be kept at the respective police stations till a new auction date is set.