ED unearths illegal mining worth Rs 35 crore in Himachal’s Una, conducts raids
The Enforcement Directorate on Friday said illegal mining worth Rs 35 crore has been done by some stone crushers and related entities in Una district of Himachal Pradesh. According to a statement by the agency, it recently conducted raids against some of the accused allegedly involved in illegal activities and seized “defamatory” documents and “unaccounted” cash of Rs 15.37 lakh.
The agency conducted searches at the premises of Lakhwinder Singh Stone Crusher, Manav Khanna, Neeraj Prabhakar, Vishal alias Vicky and others in Una, Mohali (Punjab) and Panchkula (Haryana) in connection with illegal mining in the Swan river bed. Told.
“Illegal mining was being carried out on a large scale at various places in Una and this included illegal mining of sand from the river bed and stone mining from the quarries.” “The modalities adopted by the individuals include excavation of sand and gravel beyond the leased mining area, exceeding the prescribed depth of mining, leading to additional mining,” the ED said.
It said the excess sand, gravel and stone/boulder mined illegally were being transported “suspectedly” without payment of requisite royalty/taxes to the state government. The agency alleged that non-compliance with environmental norms has caused “massive environmental damage”.
The ED said that a joint survey of these mines is being conducted to physically ascertain the extent of damage and the extent of illegal mining. The money laundering case stems from an FIR registered by the Una police last year.
“Analysis of some of the documents recovered from the discovered locations has revealed that parallel sets of documents are being created in which the details of the actual mining are kept for a short period of time.” “Preliminary analysis of the documents shows that illegal mining of about Rs 35 crore has been done by the persons involved,” the agency said.
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