The local police on late Monday night swooped down on illegal sand mining sites on the banks of Sutlej river near Dhanansu and Boothgarh villages.
As part of the special drive lead by additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP) city-4 Swapan Sharma, the police impounded seven trucks loaded with sand mined illegally from the river and four cranes that were digging up the sand from river bed. The police also arrested six accused from the spot.
They were booked under the Mining Act and for theft under the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
ADCP Sharma said he had been getting frequent complaints for the past few days regarding illegal sand mining; therefore, he chalked out a plan to take stern action against the menace.
On Monday late, when the police raided the sites, around 30 accused managed to flee with their vehicles, while some fled leaving their trucks behind. But the police managed to arrest six accused.
Sharma said the police would continue action against illegal sand mining in future.
On the other hand, sources said land mining at Sutlej river was more prevalent than gauged by the police. They said if the police raided with more manpower, more recovery was possible.