Chandigarh, Mar 15 : Acting swiftly on the directions of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, Punjab Police on Saturday cracked down in a big way on sand mining being carried out at night in six districts of the state. Nine persons were arrested in the special operations, which led to the seizure of 18 vehicles being used illegally in the night mining, according to DGP Dinkar Gupta. The seizures, made during the raids in Ropar, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar City, Jalandhar Rural, Moga and Fazilka, included JCBs, tractor trolley and tippers, he added. So far, nine cases have been registered by the police, and further investigations are in progress, said the DGP. The DGP said similar raids will be carried out daily on the directives of the Chief Minister, who had received certain reports and complaints of illegal mining being carried out at night.
The special operations, to be conducted in all the concerned districts, will involve officers of the mining department. Police will accompany the civil officers deputed by the Deputy Commissioners, he added. Giving details of last night’s operations, Gupta said in Ropar, though the night mining was hampered by rains, the raiding team nabbed three people with two sets of machinery. In Moga, two persons were arrested with two tractors and trolleys, under FIR no. 58 registered in PS City Moga. All-out efforts were on to arrest the owners as well, he said.(UNI)