The Crime Branch of Delhi Police has registered a case against unknown persons after its vigilance team conducted a sting operation exposing land excavation mafia in Narela area of outer Delhi, police said. The entire racket is said to be worth crore of rupees, police said.
The sting operation’s CD was handed over to the Crime Branch about 12 days ago after which a case under the various sections of the Mining Act was registered.
The sting was conducted by the Vigilance Department of the Delhi Police.
The CD shows some people talking about excavating loose soil from government lands lying unused in Narela.
“We have registered a case against unknown persons. The CD is in our possession and we are examining it,” said Neeraj Thakur, additional commissioner of police (crime).
Police said loose soil excavated from land owning agencies like Delhi Development Authority (DDA) was illegally being sold to builders and those in the construction business.
The CD also allegedly shows some policemen conniving with the builders who facilitated the movement of the trucks carrying the construction material.
The accused got access to the land with the help of the policemen. The FIR does not mention any particular policeman, only unknown persons. Crime branch officers said they would also interrogate local policemen, as the racket would not flourished without their consent.
The loose earth excavated from public lands was sold to construction companies that avoided paying taxes, thus causing revenue losses to the government.