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SAD asks Ropar, Mohali DCs to act against Cong leaders indulging in illegal mining

Chandigarh, Nov 19 (UNI) The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Tuesday said Congress leaders were directly responsible for illegal mining activities in Nangal, Kharar and the Zirakpur-Dera Bassi belt and asked the Ropar and Mohali Deputy Commissioners to identify and prosecute them.
In a statement here, former MP and General Secretary of SAD Prem Singh Chandumajra said the recent seizure of an advanced excavator at Chhat village and complaints of collection of 'goonda' tax in the Zirakpur-Dera Bassi belt to the district administration were proof of illegal mining being done in the area, in connivance with Congress leaders.
''As per the complaints made to the Mohali Deputy Commissioner by stone-crusher owners, sand mafia is collecting goonda tax amounting to Rs 2,000 to Rs 8,000 per truck from them,'' alleged the SAD Spokesperson.
He said the complainants had also brought it to the notice of the Deputy Commissioner that members of the sand mafia used to sit close to a police station while collecting the goonda tax, indicating that they had political patronage.
According to Prof Chandumajra, this was not all. ''On Monday, the Mohali district administration seized an advanced excavator from Chhat village following widespread complaints of illegal mining in the area,'' he noted.
He alleged that the very fact that advanced excavators, which could mine huge quantities of sand were being allowed to operate with impunity and were only checked after a public outcry, was proof that leaders of the ruling Congress government were behind such activities.

The former MP said there were widespread media reports of illegal mining going on unabated in Anandpur Sahib Parliamentary constituency.
He said the media had highlighted and even shown photographs of trolleys being used to lift boulders from the Sutlej river bed. He said there were reports that the trolleys were transporting the boulders to tippers, who were lifting these boulders illegally.
Prof Chandumajra said despite confirming that such activity was illegal, the Mining department had not tried to stop this, till now.
The SAD leader asked the Ropar and Mohali district administrations to function as per law and take action against the Congress leaders, who were indulging in illegal mining, which was creating havoc with the eco-system in the area.
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