In the wake of rampant illegal mining on the banks of Sutlej river and chief minister Parkash Singh Badal's directions for action against law-breakers, police conducted raids under the supervision of Ludhiana deputy commissioner Rahul Tiwari and arrested 17 persons.
A total of 10 FIRs were registered in the district and more than 50 trucks/machines seized/ challaned apart from the arrest of 17 persons in the raids during the day.
Four teams under two DSP's headed by SHO's/Additional SHO's were formed in Ludhiana and intensive raids were conducted by these teams on Sunday, consequent to which 13 people have been arrested and 12 JCB machines, 11 trucks and 4 trollies were seized in Ludhiana rural police district.
Commissioner of police and Khanna SSP also conducted raids on Sunday in their respective areas to check illegal mining.
In these raids, two FIR's were registered at the Meherban police station, two at Ladowal police station and an FIR each at Kumkalan police station and Machiwara police station. In the operation, 13 trucks, trollies have been seized and four persons arrested.
DC Rahul Tiwari along with Gurpreet Singh Toor, senior superintendent of police (Rural) personally supervised raids in areas falling in Ludhiana rural police district. The DC and the SSP made Sidwan Bet police station as their control room and got naka bandi done on the roads coming from Sutlej bank due to which 25 trucks were challaned.
Consequent to raids conducted in villages Parjiyan Biharipur, Kaniya, Madepur and Gorsian Khan Mohamad, 4 FIRs have been registered against illegal miners in Ludhiana rural police district.
DC Tewari said, "I will make sure that check on these illegal mining should be maintained in future also." The DC has requested the chief secretary that teams of 11 police officers (one non-gazetted officer, 2 head constables and 8 constables) be placed at the disposal of mining officer, Ludhiana, for constant raiding/checking of vulnerable areas falling in each police district respectively
He has also directed the mining officer that orders be passed for restraining trucks from transporting sand from trucks after 7pm to curb illegal mining in the night.