The local police arrested a resident of Kaimbwala village on charges of illegal mining in Chandigarh on Sunday.
The case was registered on the complaint of UT forest officer Kuldeep Sharma.
The accused, Bhure, was allegedly caught red-handed from the forest area in Kaimbwala by the forest staff and two tractor-trolleys of sand were recovered from his possession.
The police were informed and a case under section 21 of the Mines and Mineral Regulation and Development Act 1964 was registered in Sector-3 police station.
Talking to HT, UT environment director Santosh Kumar said the accused was caught red-handed by the forest staff during routine checking, adding that Bhure had not taken permission from the authorities concerned for mining. Both the tractors were impounded.
For mining, one has to take permission under section 21 (Conditions of mining lease) of the Mines and Mineral Regulation and Development Act 1964.