Illegal sand mining racket busted in Pathankot; 10 held

Updated on Jan 10, 2023 12:03 AM IST

The Pathankot police on Monday arrested 10 persons for illegal sand mining and confiscated six trucks and three Poclain machines from Datial Feroza village in Pathankot.

An FIR was registered under Section 21(1) of the Mining Act, 1957, and Section 379 of the Indian Penal Code at the Police Station NJS, Pathankot. (HT photo)
An FIR was registered under Section 21(1) of the Mining Act, 1957, and Section 379 of the Indian Penal Code at the Police Station NJS, Pathankot. (HT photo)
By, Pathankot

The Pathankot police on Monday arrested 10 persons for illegal sand mining and confiscated six trucks and three Poclain machines from Datial Feroza village in Pathankot.

Those apprehended were identified as Mintu Kumar, Ajay Kumar, Gulshan Singh, Balwinder Singh, Anil Kumar, Kulwant Singh, Darshan Singh, Dhani Lal, Rohit Singh and the mastermind, Sabha.

Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Harkamal Preet Singh Khakh said multiple police teams had been assigned to monitor illicit excavation round-the-clock. He said a complaint was received regarding sand and gravel-laden trucks taking illicit routes in order to circumvent mining checkpoints.

Upon receiving a confidential report of illegal mining at Datial Feroza village in Pathankot, SHO Narot Jamial Singh and his team saw three Poclain machines and six trucks being loaded. The police apprehended 10 drivers and seized six trucks.

During the initial examination, the accused confessed to their affiliation with Shri Sai Stone Crusher Datya and Balaram Stone Crusher Datyal. The police team managed to arrest Sabha, the owner of Balram Stone Crasher, who was the “kingpin” of this illegal activity. An FIR was registered under Section 21(1) of the Mining Act, 1957, and Section 379 of the Indian Penal Code at the Police Station NJS, Pathankot.

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