Durgapur News Desk, 19 December 2016: Durgapur sub division administration under the able leadership and guidance of sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) of Durgapur, Sankho Santro conducted a raid along the banks of Damodar River yesterday and seized 46 trucks loaded with illegal sand. A penalty amount of Rs 20.7 lakh was also realised from the sand traffickers.
Additional regional transport officer, Durgapur, has been directed to lodge FIR against the vehicles on charges of overloading and carrying illegal sand by the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) of Durgapur, Sankho Santro.
Deputy Superintendent of police (DSP), headquarters, Burdwan, and officer-in-charge of Kanksa police station in Durgapur have been asked to set up a police camp at the Damodar ghat to ensure that no vehicles escape scrutiny.
The drivers’ of the truck managed to flee away leaving away the trucks. The sudden raid by the SDM against illegal sand lifting from Damodar river have created panic among the sand mafia’s operating in the area. This illegal practice of sand lifting from the Damodar River insures losses in form of revenue for the State government in lakhs daily.
Illegal sand mining from the river bed of Ajay, Damodar and Kunu has been a matter of concern both for the administration and local people for years. In recent time, reports of sand mafia’s waging fight against each other have also been in news for many a times.
Recently BDO (Block Development Officer) Arabinda Biswas was threatened of dire consequences when he and his team of officers stopped tractor carrying illegal sand mined from Kunu river bed.
Though local resident alleged that many TMC leaders are associated with this act of illegal sand trafficking, Durgapur district president Uttam Mukhopadhyay denied all such charges. He also added by saying that any TMC leader found to be associated with any such illegal act, will be severely dealt with.