10 companies of SAF to prevent illegal sand mining
As many as 10 companies of Special Armed Force (SAF) have been deployed to prevent unauthorised sand mining from Chambal sanctuary in Morena District, official sources said.
This action was taken consequent to the directives given from time to time by Gwalior Bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court. Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa had also given order in this regard recently.
Besides, 20 mobile parties were also constituted for prevention of illegal mining of sand round-the-clock. For effective action, 34 check-points were set up and SAF jawans were deployed as per them.
According to Collector Madan Kumar, in 23 cases of illegal sand mining since year 2012, cases were registered against 215 by name and 600 other accused persons. As many as 29 accused were externed from the district. Besides, action against seven accused was taken under National Security Act. At a meeting of Task Force Committee recently, it was decided that case would be registered against landowner, if sand is found piled up unauthorisedly at an open space.
(Posted on 10-05-2014)