Police on Thursday arrested illegal sand miners allegedly involved in threatening and attacking government officials on duty in connection with two incidents in Datia district and sub-divisional office at Dabra on Tuesday.
The two groups of accused had allegedly threatened naib tehsildar Subalal Rajput at gunpoint and attacked deputy ranger (forest) Suresh Chandra Sharma, for stopping them from fleeing with illegally mined sand in truck-trolleys.
ASP (Datia) Jaiveer Singh said police have arrested Hotem Singh and Ramkumar in connection with violent attack on deputy ranger Suresh Chandra Sharma and forest guard Sovaran Singh Ahirwar. “We are on the lookout for other criminals in the case,” he said.
ASP (Gwalior) Yogeshwar Sharma said police have held Rajendra Sharma alias Tinkle for allegedly threatening the tehsildar for intercepting tractor-trolley laden with illegally mined sand from Sind river at Dabra.
“Besides, his (Tinkle) weapon license has been cancelled. We are taking action to confiscate tractor-trolley as well,” said Sharma.
Reliable sources informed that in the 435 km-long stretch from Sheopur to Ater along Chambal Sanctuary, mafias, in connivance with officials excavate sand despite the apex court’s prohibition order.
Thereafter, the consignment (illegally mined sand) is dispatched to various locations in MP, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.
According to rough estimates, the volume equals to 200 trucks/dumpers and 400 tractor-trolleys/ load per day is exported.
Reluctance on the part of State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIA) stands witness as no agreement with lessee after lease allotment was signed in lieu of no-objection- certificate from SEIA authority.
Unconfirmed reports suggest approximately 18 stone mines and over 12 sand mines were given on lease (after auction) to parties in Shivpuri district without agreement.