Haryana CM calls for strict action, orders police posts in areas under mining

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Tuesday directed officials to take ‘possible’ action against the culprits involved in illegal mining after a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) was run over by a speeding dump truck in Nuh on Tuesday.

Khattar said that he has suggested setting up of police stations in mining areas. “Check posts will also be set up at inter-state borders and 24×7 patrolling by police teams and crime units will be conducted in suspect areas,” he said.

Nuh Superintendent of Police Varun Singla said that teams have been formed at all suspected illegal mining sites. “Our teams are checking all vehicles entering and exiting the area near Tauru and receiving maximum complaints. We have deployed police in plain clothes and activated our human intelligence in the district. “We have called on the sarpanchs and leaders to ensure that the locals are no longer involved in illegal mining, otherwise strict action will be taken against them if they are found transporting, buying or loading stones, sand and dust from the mining sites,” he said.

Police use hi-tech devices and drones in Aravalli to check illegal mining. Special teams have been formed which will review drone images and collect data daily and share it with senior officials, police said.

Police said that crusher zones are operating illegally in the district and supplying construction materials to construction sites.

Police said a special drive will be launched to check the drivers of dump trucks to get details of how many vehicles are involved in illegal mining.

Singla said all the routes connecting the villages where the suspects try to steal the stones are now under the scanner. “A weekly report will be submitted by the station house officer of the area and all routes will be maintained by the police. Announcements will be made in all villages that anyone caught involved in illegal mining will be booked under strict sections of the Indian Penal Code,” he said.

There have been several cases where the police have been attacked by the mining mafia. Dump trucks ferry mining extract sand, stones and clay from different areas of Nuh village and sell the stones in between. 40,000 and 60,000 per truck.

A Tauru villager, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that there are experts in mining in the villages and they have made secret ways to get the stones and store them underground. “There is a high demand for stone farmhouses. Crusher machines are installed in many villages in their houses and they are paid more 2 lakh per month for outsourcing work. “Many youths are involved in illegal mining,” he said, requesting anonymity.

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