CRACKDOWN ON SAND MAFIA : 35 BOATS SEIZED, RS 40 LAKH ILLEGAL SAND SEIZED, 13 CHARGED IN VIRAR
MUMBAI : The Arnala Coastal police in an early morning raid at Chikal Dongri area off the Vaitarna river in Virar, seized around 35 boats which was carrying illegal mined(dredged) sand worth Rs 40 lakhs and have also booked 13 miners, mostly hailing from West Bengal and North India.
Said Vijaykant Sagar,Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Vasai we had received a tipoff about the loading and unloading of sand from boats on the shore as illegally dredged sand was in full swing. We raided the spot and arrested 13 miners, alongwith 35 boats and sand. The Revenue department as estimated the illegally sand at around Rs 40 lakhs,said Sagar. We are in the process of registering a FIR by Tuesday night and will impose theft and other sections of Environment Act and other allied relevant sections said Sagar.