Rohtas district administration and police launched from Tuesday a two-day crackdown on mining and coal mafia near Dehri on Sone. Police demolished 15 illegal crusher units and seized a huge quantity of illegally stored coal in the raids.
On a tip off that some crusher owners had shifted their units towards north of the railway line near Mahadeva, a joint team led by superintendent of police SW Lande raided the area falling under Dehri police station.
At least 15 crusher units were demolished and cases under different sections of Indian Penal Code, Mining and Forests Acts were lodged against the owners of crusher units and landowners concerned.
Reports said the crusher owners were shifting their units to remote places after last week’s massive crackdown in Karwandia and Basa areas. More than 100 crusher units were demolished and machineries seized during the raids resulting into complete shutdown of about 400 illegal crusher units running at the place since two decades.
On Wednesday, the team led by Lande raided illegal coal dumping and burning units at Manohara and Pahleja. A huge quantity of illegally stored coal and trucks were seized. The persons involved in running the racket succeeded in fleeing away.
Lande said criminal cases were lodged against the owners of land where illegal dumping and burning of coal was going on. "The landowners would reveal the names of mafia members after their arrest,” Lande said.
District magistrate Sandeep Kumar R Pudakalkatti said the district administration was firm on checking illegal mining, crushing and coal mafia. The raids would continue till demolition of last such unit and stringent action would be taken against the mafia, who were giving loss to the government exchequers and polluting the environment, Pudakalkatti said.
Dehri sub divisional magistrate Kamlesh Kumar Singh, sub-divisional police officer Ashok Kumar and police from many police stations participated in the raids.