After the assembly elections, the focus of the district administration and the police has shifted to illegal sand mining in the district as the two departments have joined hands to clamp down on the activity.
On February 24, acting on an informant’s tip, the district magistrate gave orders to the sub-divisional magistrate and the police to thwart illegal sand mining in four villages of Gautam Budh Nagar. Four police teams then searched the villages Murshadpur, Atta Gujran, Jaganpur and Afzalpur and arrested 11 people involved in sand mining. Five dumpers, one earth mover and other mining equipment were also seized.
On Friday too, Knowledge Park police arrested six people from Yakutpur village for illegal sand mining and seized a tractor full of sand.
“We arrested the men under the initiative carried out by superintendent of police (Greater Noida) and the district administration. We got a lead from an informant about illegal mining rampant in the village,” said Manish Sharma, station house officer, Knowledge Park police station.
“In the past few days, we have carried out an initiative to curb illegal sand mining in the district. We will not spare any criminal activity against our natural resources in Gautam Budh Nagar,” said NP Singh, district magistrate.
Singh said the onus of preserving the natural resource of the state lies both on the administration and the public. He also appealed to the residents to inform the district administration about any illegal sand mining.
“I request you (residents) to provide us any tip you have regarding sand mining. You can send me a message on my phone number about the location of the illegal mining. Your identity will not be revealed and you will contribute a lot towards preserving our resources,” he said.
Superintendent of police (SP), rural, Sujata Singh also acknowledged the recent drive by the police and said such initiatives will increase in the future.
“Though we were always alert against illegal mining, we narrowed down on the smugglers after polls in the district. More searches will be conducted in the future,” she said.