Mangaluru, Nov 17 2017: Mangaluru City and Udupi district police in separate raids on illegal sand mining in their respective jurisdiction on Nov 16, Thursday seized 14,787 tonnes of sand worth Rs 57.41 lakh.
While Mangaluru City police landed the big catch of 13760 tonnes loads of illegally mined sand worth Rs 51.68 lakh from private property under Bajpe PS limits, their Udupi counterparts seized 1027 tonnes of sand worth Rs 5.70 lakh from Brahmawar.
The operations by two policing units saw personnel from jurisdictional police station coordinate with officials from department of mines and geology. Deputy Commissioner of police (law and order) Hanumantraya said personnel of Bajpe police station led by police inspector T D Nagaraj based on credible information about the mineral being illegally stored at a private property near Adyapady Dam seized the same and placed the seized property under police guard.
The sand was stored close to the banks of the Phalguni River. During the raid, police found that land belonging to accused Jeevan Pereira, 40, who had illegally stocked sand measuring about 1,300 loads and weighing 13.760 tonnes, worth Rs 51.68 lakh. According to police, Jeevan, who is now absconding, had removed this quantity of sand during monsoon using machines, which is a banned activity. Moreover, he had no valid permit to carry out the mining.
In the operations carried out by personnel of Brahmawar police station, police with assistance from department personnel seized sand from Uppoor and Havanje villages respectively. Sanjeev M Patil, superintendent of police said teams led by IAS probationary officer Poovitha, presently working as in-charge tahshildar of Brahmawar raided places at Uppoor, near Vijaya Bank on K G Road and Havanje on K G Road to seize 1027 tonnes of sand valued at Rs 5.70 lakh.
The accused in these cases are Mahimoon and Ansar Ahammad in seizure of 292 tonnes of sand at Uppoor; Ananda Marakala in seizure of 90 tonnes of sand at Vijaya Bank, K G Road and Ansar Ahammad at Havanje, K G Road in the seizure of 645 tonnes of sand. Separate cases have been booked under sections 3, 36, 42, 44 of Karnataka Mines and Mineral Concession Rules, 1994 and section 4 (1A), 21 (A), (4A) of Mines of Mineral Act 1957 and section 379 IPC.