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Karimnagar: Cops crack down on sand smugglers

Karimnagar: Cops crack down on sand smugglers
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Reacting to the news story that was published on Wednesday (February 19) in The Hans India tabloid with the headline 'Sand mafia rules the roost in Karimnagar' that stated that the sand mafia was thriving in various mandals in the united Karimnagar district under the nose of revenue and mining departments, the police started conducting raids to keep check on sand smuggling and seized as many as 24 tractors in a week's time.

Karimnagar: Reacting to the news story that was published on Wednesday (February 19) in The Hans India tabloid with the headline 'Sand mafia rules the roost in Karimnagar' that stated that the sand mafia was thriving in various mandals in the united Karimnagar district under the nose of revenue and mining departments, the police started conducting raids to keep check on sand smuggling and seized as many as 24 tractors in a week's time.

When the locals of surrounding regions of sand reaches questioned the sand mafia about illegal mining of sand, they were threatened by them and warned of serious consequences if they come in the way of their illegal business. Further, with the support of local representatives and the officials, these smugglers have been openly carrying out their business by stating that they were transporting sand for construction of Smart City project and also for 2BHK houses.

Coming to know that sand mafia was misusing the permission given by the government to utilise the sand, Police Commissioner VB Kamalasan Reddy issued orders to keep a tab on sand mafia and prevent illegal mining and transportation of sand.

Sub-Inspector of Police of Lower Manair Dam (LMD) Naresh Reddy said after receiving orders from the Police Commissioner, they kept a strict vigil on illegal sand transportation from Moyathummeda Vagu and conducted raids during which nine tractors were caught. Of the nine, four tractors were fully loaded with sand to transport to other regions and remaining five were empty. All the nine tractors were seized and handed over to the officials of Mining department, he added.

The Manakondur police also conducted raids and seized 15 tractors that were found transporting the sand illegally from Manair rivulet of Manakondur mandal in the district. Speaking on the occasion, Manakondur Inspector Santosh Kumar said that upon receiving information from locals, the police kept a vigil on the sand reach of Manair rivulet and seized 15 tractors which were transporting the sand illegally to different places.

The tractors seized were lodged at police station and would be handed over to Tahsildar or the Telangana State Mineral Development Corporation Limited (TSMDC) officials. The owners of the tractors that are giving their tractors for transporting of sand must take prior permission either from the concerned Tahsildar or from the officials of TSMDC, he suggested, adding that strict action would be taken against those who take up sand mining and transportation without taking any prior permission from the officials concerned. The inspector also informed that with the instructions given by the Police Commissioner, all necessary steps were taken to keep a check on illegal mining and transporting of sand.

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