SAD demands judicial inquiry into rampant illegal sand mining in Punjab

SAD demands judicial inquiry into rampant illegal sand mining in Punjab

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Chandigarh, Jan 10: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Thursday demanded an inquiry by a sitting Judge of the High Court to ascertain why no action was being taken against the sand mafia, despite instructions of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and demanded a complete expose of the culprits, abettors and their masters.

In a statement here, party's vice president and Spokesperson Maheshinder Singh Grewal said the latest disclosures about illegal sand mining being carried out at Bairsal quarry in Nawanshahar district proved that the state administration did not deem it fit to check this brazen loot of government exchequer, as well as pillage of the environment, for reasons known to itself.

''The High Court inquiry should find out who is behind this and why the government is behaving like a helpless spectator in the face of unabated illegal mining? Appropriate action should be taken in the matter and the guilty should be booked immediately,'' he added.

Giving details, Mr Grewal said the sand mafia was not even sparing sand quarries, which had been shut down by the mining department due to pending dues against the bidders or other irregularities.

He said the Bairsal quarry, where illegal sand mining was spotted on Wednesday, had been closed by the department since December 13, 2018, as the lessee has failed to clear the pending dues. (UNI)