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Officials crack whip on sand mafia in Faridabad

Drive against illegal sand mining along the Yamuna river belt has been intensified by the Faridabad government authorities. In the last four days, the police and the mining department have cracked down 22 tractors carrying illegally-mined sand.

india Updated: Jun 20, 2011 00:34 IST
Prabhu Razdan

Drive against illegal sand mining along the Yamuna river belt has been intensified by the Faridabad government authorities. In the last four days, the police and the mining department have cracked down 22 tractors carrying illegally-mined sand.

In order to curb sand theft in Faridabad’s Yamuna belt, the police and mining officials seized about 22 tractors full of sand in different parts of Faridabad on Wednesday night.

Two more tractors were seized from the Sarai area in the past few days. Officials said 16 tractors were seized in Bhupani area, whereas three such vehicles were seized in Ballabgarh and one in the Tigaon area on Wednesday night.

The district administration, police and mining department officers held a meeting on Thursday to discuss how to stop sand theft.

“Officials from the police and mining department launched a major drive on Wednesday evening, and seized about 22 tractors of sand from different parts of Faridabad”, said MP Sharma, a senior official of the mining department.

“Drivers of the tractors carrying illegally-mined sand abandoned their tractors and fled from the spot”, Sharma said, adding, “later on, drivers and owners of such tractors come to the police station and the legal action against them follows.”

“In the last about four days, a few drivers, who had abandoned their tractors, have been arrested,” Sharma informed. Deputy commissioner Praveen Kumar, commissioner of police and PK Agrawal, besides other senior officers of the mining department, attended the meeting held on Thursday.

“Special teams comprising SDMs, ACPs and mining officials were constituted to deal with this menace”, said Kumar, DCP Faridabad.