'Police-mafia nexus flourishing in Ajmer'

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ajmer
  • Updated: Jan 10, 2015 15:48 IST

Miners have sought action against a police officer for his alleged links with the mining mafia.

Things have come to such a pass that licensed quartz miners, worried about huge losses, have approached superintendent of police (SP) Mahendra Chaudhary, urging him to take immediate action.

In a written complaint, they have demanded action against the station house officer (SHO) of Borada police station, Harish Chaudhary, alleging that he was hand in glove with the local mafia in Gurjarwara and Borada areas.

Illegal mining is a contentious issue in the state which contributes 9% of the country's mineral output.

Last month, the Rajasthan government unveiled the draft of a new mineral policy with stringent measures to "prevent and control illegal mining".

"The local police have a tacit understanding with the mining mafia and as a result we are incurring huge losses. The state government is also losing royalty," Basant Sethi, a mine owner, said.

When asked, Chaudhary denied the allegations as baseless.

"No illegal mining is going on in my area. The pits said to have been created by illegal mining are more than 10 to 20 years old. Moreover, I have staff shortage and it is not possible to keep vigil in an area spread over 100 acres," he said.

However, sources said rampant illegal mining was going on in Gurjarwara and Borada for the past 15 days.

Both the areas lie about 62 km off the district headquarters.

On Thursday, the mafia attacked a mines department vigilance party that had gone there to monitor the situation.

The incident left two government officials injured.

"After receiving reports that illegal mining was going on in Gurjarwara and Borada, two teams were despatched to visit the areas. However, unfortunately our men were attacked in Borada by the mafia," BL Bhati, the executive mining engineer of Ajmer range, said.

Bhati added that an FIR was lodged in this regard.

"The areas are notorious for illegal mining and we carry out raids every now and then. Last month, we had confiscated dumpers and other mining tools."

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