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2 held, trucks seized for mining sand

 

Trichy | April 16, 2019: With river sand mining having been banned, miscreants have turned their focus on plundering the small irrigation canals. In the latest incident, Trichy city police have arrested two people and seized their two sand-laden mini trucks on Sunday.

 

The Edamalaipatti Pudhur police arrested D Rajendran, 32 from Panjappur and M Palanivel, 39 from Keezha Panjappur during a vehicle check near Green Park in Panjappur.

 

The police team involved in vehicle check intercepted the two mini trucks. It was found that Rajendran and Palanivel who were driving their trucks didn't have a proper government receipt for taking sand. Further inquires revealed that the sand was illegally mined from an irrigation canal near Ayyankadu in Manikandam limit. They were caught while attempting to smuggle the sand to the city for selling it.

 

The vehicles were loaded with one unit of sand each. Police seized the vehicles and booked cases on charges of theft under IPC and Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957. They were produced in the court and remanded in judicial custody.

 

Though the Madurai bench of Madras high court ban brought the curtains down on indiscriminate sand mining in the government-run quarries in Cauvery and Kollidam rivers in 2018, miscreants went on with their handiwork by taking sand illegally from the rivers. With police and revenue officials tightening the grip, the wrongdoers started plundering the lifeline of the farmers.

 

 

(Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/)