Citing a recent case filed by a sub-divisional magistrate of Jajpur against three officials of Balasore Alloys Ltd, the Congress claimed the illegal mining has cost the state exchequer a loss of at least Rs. 20,000 crore.
“The mega loot could not have happened unimpeded for 10 years if not for the patronage and direct supervision of Naveen Patnaik. Otherwise, how could thousands of trucks, every night carry illegally mined ores to Kendrapara and then onto Paradip port,” questioned Jena.
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