Man held for illegal mining in SYL canal

Caught red-handed, another suspect to be nabbed soon, say cops

Tribune News Service

Patiala, January 25

The Patiala police have arrested a person for illegal mining. The suspect is said to have been caught red-handed while excavating sand from the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal near Fathepur Garhi village in the Banur block of the district on Friday.

The police said they had impounded a JCB machine, a tractor and a sand-laden trolley from the site. The police claimed they got a tip-off that illegal mining of sand was being carried out from the SYL. When the police reached the spot, they found that vehicles used for excavating and transporting the sand.

The police have booked two persons on the charge of illegal mining. However, one of them has already been arrested.

The suspects have been identified as Gurdeep Singh and Hardeep Singh, both residents of Fatehpur Garhi village in Banur. They have been booked under Section 379 of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 4 & 21 (1) of the Mines and Minerals Act - 1957.

The police said the suspects used to excavate sand from the canal and sell it in the market without any permission.

The Station House Officer of Banur said they had registered a case against the suspects and investigations were underway. Another suspect would be nabbed soon.

JCB machine, tractor impounded

The police said they had impounded a JCB machine, a tractor and a sand-laden trolley from the site. The police claimed they got a tip-off that illegal mining of sand was being carried out from the SYL. When the police reached the spot, they found that vehicles used for excavating and transporting the sand.

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