Raipur: A day after Chhattisgarh police ordered a probe into a viral video showing a large number of people digging coal in an opencast mine belonging to the South Eastern Coalfield Limited (SECL) in Korba district, senior officials of the district visited Gevra and Dipke. Friday at the coal mines and claims that SCEL made no effort to stop any such theft.
Korba Collector Ranu Sahu visited the SCEL mines with Police Superintendent Bhojram Patel and inspected the mines entry and exit system on Friday. Senior officials of the SECL and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) were also present during the visit.
However, the local administration claims that it is not yet clear to police about the authenticity of the video and whether or not the video was shot in Korba district.
“In February, I convened a meeting of SCEL and CISF officials and instructed them to secure trenches by digging trenches around all the coal mines but nothing was done. No such trenches were found. No action has been taken despite being instructed to close the mining area with a wire fence. “The SECL and CISF are negligent in establishing no check post near the mining area to prevent theft of coal,” said Collector Ranu Sahu.
The Collector ordered the CISF outpost to be set up near the main mines and to deploy the officer as soon as possible.
“The authenticity of the video is still uncertain and an investigation is underway. SECL engages CISF and Tripura State Rifles to secure its mining projects. The management is open to any suggestions regarding the positioning and consolidation of the forces, ”said Sneesh Chandra, SECL’s public relations officer, commenting on the statement of the officials.
On Thursday evening, Inspector General of Police (Bilaspur Range) Ratanlal Dangi ordered an investigation into the viral video and suggested that the matter be investigated as soon as possible.
The video shows an increasing number of women and men digging open cast with pickaxes and other tools. People can also be seen carrying coal-filled sacks on the shoulders and head and coming out of the mine in the queue.
The IG has ordered an investigation into the Anti-Crime and Cyber Unit.
The terms of the investigation include finding out what mine was featured in the video and why the central security force could not prevent such a large number of people from getting there.
“In the past, SECL officials have lodged police cases with regard to coal theft and what actions have been taken by the police. If not, what is the reason? , ”Said the order.
Meanwhile, Korba Police Superintendent (SP) and Bhojram Patel on Thursday removed Dipka police station and Hardibazar police chowki (outpost) and moved them to Korba police line.
“After the IG ordered the probe, I immediately removed the two station house officers from the area concerned so they could not influence the investigation,” the SP said on Friday.
Patel, who commented on the video, said it was not yet clear to police where the video was shot.
“The video shows a vertical mine not found in Korba, and if it is Korba, it is questionable how such a large number of people got into a highly protected mine,” SP said.
Meanwhile, former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) official and Chhattisgarh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader OP Choudhury posted a video on Twitter on Wednesday, alleging that an organized gang was involved in the theft of coal and should be investigated. Exactly.
“Without the role of large-scale organized gangs, such a coal scam would not be possible. Key figures in the system should investigate this entire matter very seriously. They should get to the bottom of the matter and take stringent action on everyone involved so that the whole system can be cleaned up, ”said Choudhury.