26 arrested for carpet coal theft in Singrauli, 23 dumpers seized

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Sep 24, 2014 22:40 IST

Singrauli police has arrested a gang that was involved in stealing of carpet coal from a closed coal mine of Northern Coalfield Limited (NCL) in Singrauli district, on Tuesday. Carpet coal is left over chunks and powder coal at a coal mining area after the mining operations are completed.

As many as 26 persons involved in the loot have been arrested and more could be arrested after further investigation. Police have also recovered 23 dumpers and four JSB Machines from the spot.

An NCL team had first detected the theft from a mining area — Gorabi Block A — on September 19 and informed the police, who went to site and took action against the gang on September 20. However, the case against the gang under Section of 379, 511 and 447 of IPC was registered by police on only on Tuesday.

According to information, a transport company, Sai Transport, owned by Arun Kumar Gupta was involved in the illegal transportation of the carpet coals from the site. Police have arrested Gupta along with the drivers of the dumpers and JCBs. The accused are being interrogated.

The coal was being supplied to a private company at Renusagar town of Sonbhadra district of UP. Superintendent of police (SP), Singrauli D Kalyan Chakrawarti said that when the transporter was asked whether he had the permission to take the carpet coal from the mining site, he failed to produce legal documents.

"The investigation is on and action would also be taken against the private company," he told HT over phone. NCL had shut down the mining field about 25 years ago.

This is first time that when a gang has been caught in connection with theft of the carpet coal. "Earlier, one or two persons were caught while stealing carpet coal that too with very less amount of coal," said a police official.

He further said that the gang, which was caught, was involved in illegal transportation of carpet coal since a long time.

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