Mohali admn to safeguard stone crushers against mining mafia

A team led by SDM visited the sites and assured stone crushers of police security
By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Mohali
PUBLISHED ON NOV 19, 2019 12:45 AM IST

Following complaints of extortion by mining mafia from owners of stone-crushing sites in Handesra and Mubarakpur of Dera Bassi, a team led by sub-divisional magistrate Himanshu Jain on Monday visited the sites and assured the stone crushers of police security.

Earlier, owing to extortion (goonda tax), around 105 stone-crushing sites were closed down. After the SDM’s assurance, the sites began functioning.

During the visit, the team could not find anything and recorded the statements of the owners. The owners also provided the team with evidences of goonda tax to the team. They alleged that tippers and other vehicle drivers ferrying material from Haryana were being forced to shell out money as royalty against the loaded material.

The goonda tax was being collected by the mining mafia by setting up unauthorised nakas in the areas, the owners said.

Himanshu Jain said, the deputy superintendent of police was asked to increase patrolling in the area.

“With help of the evidences provided by the stone crushers, we are trying to identify the
culprits.”

Vice-president of Mubarikpur Stone Crushers Association ,Ranjit Singh Teja, said, “We have recorded our statements before the SDM and we have been assured safety.”

“We have provided them with enough evidences against persons collecting the tax. After assurance, we all have decided to make the stone crushers functional,” he said.

“The mining mafia has been harassing us by stopping our trucks in unauthorised nakas. They operate in connivance with the police and mining authorities,” he alleged.

Mining department seals
illegal mining machinery

The mining department on Monday seized a Poclain machinery used for illegal mining in Chatt village behind Chhatbir zoo.

After receiving the complaints, the team visited the site and found one machine. During the check, the workers left work and fled from the spot leaving their machinery behind.

Deputy commissioner of Mohali, Girish Dayalan, said, “Our team is preparing a report and finding out the owner of the land, where mining was going on. The mining was on in parts of a private land and in some parts of forest land. We will register a case after the report is filed,” he said.

Mohali has witnessed a steep increase in illegal mining cases in past three years. The district police had registered 24 cases of illegal mining in 2016, 67 in 2017 and 79 cases in 2018.

Since January this year, the police have registered 23 cases of illegal mining and maximum number of cases were reported from Ghaggar river belt in Dera Bassi sub-division.

The police and administration claimed that no illegal mining activity was going on, but the illegal plundering of natural resources and increasing number of cases along the rivulets is proving to be a major challenge for the authorities.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
The Chief Minister claimed that the government had fulfilled 455 out of the 546 commitments made in the election manifesto during the 2017 elections.(HT Photo)
The Chief Minister claimed that the government had fulfilled 455 out of the 546 commitments made in the election manifesto during the 2017 elections.(HT Photo)

Punjab CM orders immediate action on '7-point agenda 2022'

ANI, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 06:23 PM IST
"The agenda is centered around citizen welfare through a holistic focus on the overarching development of the state," said an official statement issued by the Punjab Government.
Close
Signboard by railway put up on platform. (Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times)
Signboard by railway put up on platform. (Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times)

Man attaches toilet pipeline to drinking water tank in railway station

PTI, Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 06:19 PM IST
The incident happened on March 1 in Garoth station, which falls under the railway's Kota division.
Close
The healing centre has been established in a pine dominated forest as it has been found in various studies that conifers like pine trees emit certain oil compounds to safeguard themselves from various microbes & pathogens, which are called phytoncides.(AFP (Representational image))
The healing centre has been established in a pine dominated forest as it has been found in various studies that conifers like pine trees emit certain oil compounds to safeguard themselves from various microbes & pathogens, which are called phytoncides.(AFP (Representational image))

India's first forest healing centre open in Kalika, near Ranikhet

PTI, Dehradun
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 06:14 PM IST
Signboards on either side of its slopey entrance advise visitors to hug trees, walk barefoot on the grass, lie on their back and gaze at the swaying trees or the ever changing sky above to soothe their senses.
Close
In this Assembly elections, there are TMC, Left and Congress, and their anti-Bengal attitude on one side. On the other side, there are people of Bengal," PM Modi said further. The Prime Minister started his speech with slogans of Vande Matram and Bharat Mata ki Jai.(AP)
In this Assembly elections, there are TMC, Left and Congress, and their anti-Bengal attitude on one side. On the other side, there are people of Bengal," PM Modi said further. The Prime Minister started his speech with slogans of Vande Matram and Bharat Mata ki Jai.(AP)

PM Modi : Bengal relied on Mamata for change but she broke people's trust

ANI, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 06:12 PM IST
Addressing his first rally at Brigade Parade Ground after the announcement of the West Bengal Assembly poll schedule, the Prime Minister said there are TMC, Left and Congress on one side and people of West Bengal on the other side.
Close
Mamata Banerjee had said last week that the TMC has received support from the JMM and the Nationalist Congress Party for the assembly polls.(AP)
Mamata Banerjee had said last week that the TMC has received support from the JMM and the Nationalist Congress Party for the assembly polls.(AP)

Mamata Banerjee asks Jharkhand CM to campaign for her in WB Assembly polls

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 05:37 PM IST
JMM is an alliance government with the Congress in Jharkhand and the Sonia Gandhi-led party has tied up with the Left and the Indian Secular Front in West Bengal against the BJP and TMC.
Close
HT Image
HT Image

94th Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan deferred indefinitely

By Manasi Deshpande
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 05:23 PM IST
PUNE The 94th Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan (All-India Marathi Literary Meet) which was scheduled to be held in Nashik on March 26, 27 and 28 has been deferred indefinitely in the light of increasing Covid-19 cases in the state
Close
The number of daily tests conducted in Delhi witnessed an increase with 91,614 tests conducted on Sunday comprising 71,250 RTPCR/CBNAAT/TruNat tests and 20,364 Rapid antigen tests.(ANI)
The number of daily tests conducted in Delhi witnessed an increase with 91,614 tests conducted on Sunday comprising 71,250 RTPCR/CBNAAT/TruNat tests and 20,364 Rapid antigen tests.(ANI)

Delhi reports less than 300 new Covid-19 cases after 2 days, active cases jump

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Srivatsan K C, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 05:18 PM IST
Active caseload stands at 1,803, a jump of 24 patients from the 1,779 reported on Saturday.
Close
At the Law college ground, Stadium Cricket Club defeated Sahamat Cricket Club by 24 runs in a group stage match. (Kalpesh Nukte/HT PHOTO)
At the Law college ground, Stadium Cricket Club defeated Sahamat Cricket Club by 24 runs in a group stage match. (Kalpesh Nukte/HT PHOTO)

Women’s T20 cricket league has NextGen female cricketers playing for keeps

By Jigar Hindocha
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 04:59 PM IST
Pune: The Girls Sadu Shinde Cricket League (T20), being played at the Law college ground has little fanfare, hype or buzz associated with the shortest form of international cricket
Close
Prime Minister Narendra Modi address at a public rally at Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata. (ANI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi address at a public rally at Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata. (ANI Photo)

PM Modi schools TMC on its ‘outsider’ narrative, says Bengal is in BJP’s DNA

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2021 05:17 PM IST
  • The Prime Minister went on to explain to the massive gathering the reason why the BJP is the only party in the country which was formed keeping Bengal’s culture and thinking at its core.
Close
After a 12-year long wait, within months of the Covid-19 pandemic, the requirements of the city forced the administration to upgrade the much-needed facility. (Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
After a 12-year long wait, within months of the Covid-19 pandemic, the requirements of the city forced the administration to upgrade the much-needed facility. (Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)

0-30 in no time: ventilators, that is... How Pune civic hospital infra revved up

By Steffy Thevar
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 04:37 PM IST
Naidu hospital was the first-response hospital against Covid-19, but had to depend on Sassoon hospital for the treatment of critical Covid-19 patients, as it did not have a critical care unit
Close
Director General (Prisons) Sandeep Goel said the department has encouraged its staff to get the vaccine shots.(PTI)
Director General (Prisons) Sandeep Goel said the department has encouraged its staff to get the vaccine shots.(PTI)

Over 85% staff of Delhi Prisons received Covid-19 vaccine shots: Officials

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 04:10 PM IST
Out of around 1,700 security personnel deployed with Delhi Prisons and who have registered on Co-WIN portal, 1,000 personnel have got the coronavirus vaccine shots, an official said.
Close
The sudden meeting of the core committee for which Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat had to fly back to Dehradun in a hurry from Gairsain assumed significance.
The sudden meeting of the core committee for which Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat had to fly back to Dehradun in a hurry from Gairsain assumed significance.

Uttarakhand BJP core group meeting fuels speculation about major change in govt

PTI, Dehradun
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 03:44 PM IST
The unscheduled meeting with the members of the core group came at a time when the budget session of the state assembly was underway in Gairsain.
Close
The force took measures against cyber crimes at multiple levels through their three-tiered cyber investigation structure and handled common online frauds such as vishing, social media frauds. (iStockphoto/Representative Image)
The force took measures against cyber crimes at multiple levels through their three-tiered cyber investigation structure and handled common online frauds such as vishing, social media frauds. (iStockphoto/Representative Image)

Over 1,000 Delhi Police personnel trained to tackle cyber-crime amid pandemic

ANI
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 02:53 PM IST
Teams of the Delhi Police apprehended cyber-criminals from far-off states such as Telangana, Maharashtra, Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, West Bengal, etc despite movement restrictions amid the pandemic.
Close
Butter chicken, dal makhni, nalli hard kaur, tandoori chicken are some of the popular Punjabi recipes relished across the country.
Butter chicken, dal makhni, nalli hard kaur, tandoori chicken are some of the popular Punjabi recipes relished across the country.

Rich, rustic, robust: The taste of Punjab

By Ruchika Garg, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2021 01:32 PM IST
The vibrant flavours of Punjabi cuisine are a result of an exciting exchange of varied cultures and traditions that have stood the test of time
Close
In the house search of an officer, the anti-corruption bureau recovered <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>7 lakh in cash and other property documents.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
In the house search of an officer, the anti-corruption bureau recovered 7 lakh in cash and other property documents.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Rajasthan officers caught red-handed in Jaipur city busses bribery case

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Jaipur
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 11:11 AM IST
  • Two state government officials were arrested for taking a bribe of four lakhs and Naresh Singhal, owner of Paras Travel Agency, was arrested for giving the bribe.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP