The district police on Wednesday arrested five persons for illegal sand mining in the Sutlej riverbed and impounded 10 tippers, one truck and five tractor-trailers besides four private vehicles — a Tata Safari, Mahindra Scorpio, Mahindra Bolero and a Maruti Swift — at Mandhala village in the district.
While two trolleys were loaded with sand, other vehicles, except the private ones, were waiting for the same.
The accused have been identified as Jang Singh, a resident of Machhiwara in Ludhiana, Tejinder Singh and Harpreet Singh of Chandigarh, Daljit Singh of Machhiwara and Sukhdev Singh of Khernia in Samrala.
The police also seized a Rs 2.50 lakh and a foreign-made revolver. Acting on a tip-off, a raid was conducted in the wee hours on Wednesday when the accused were mining sand from Machhiwara side. Most of the vehicles drivers managed to flee in the dark.
The accused have been booked under the Punjab Mining and Minerals Rules, 2015, sections 4(1) and 21(1) of the Mining and Minerals (Regulation and Development) Act, 1957, and 379 of the IPC on the complaint of senior industries promotion officer Sudesh Kumar.