In major steps towards stopping of illegal sand siphoning from river bed of Subarnarekha allegedly by the mafias of West Bengal the district administration carried out a raid in the patches Raibania under Jaleswar tehsil with six platoon of force on Thursday.
The raid was conducted in presence of the district collector Sanatan Mallick. The local Tehsildar Rajanikanta Biswal, tehsildar of Baliapal Pratap Chandra Beuria and the sub divisional police officer Satyaranjan Mallick headed the raiding teams . The team besides dismantling 8 quarrying units also made their machines including swamp machines inoperative.
With this the administration took 12 quarrying patches operational in villages of Dakshin Praharajpur, Berasahi and Totapada under its control. It may be recalled earlier on February 11, 3 persons were arrested on the charge of lifting sand from Subarnarekha river bed illegally. The accused persons were identified as Dipu Dinda, 48, Mohammad Dular, 21 and Mohammad Izban,22 all resident of Bengal . Then team had seized a JCB machine, a tractor and other.
The district administration alleged that some sand mafias belonging to border villages of Bengal were lifting huge quantity of sand from Subarnarekha river bed patches under the jurisdiction of Odisha illegally.
“Mafias of Bengal Bengal were quarrying sand from Odisha portion despite earlier action and warnings. They were stealing huge quantity of sand with the help of powerful machineries from our patch for years. Despite earlier actions and repeated warnings while they didn’t pay any heed the action was taken ” district collector Mallick said adding he had appraised about the development to additional chief secretary Taradutt adding further that the force was still deployed in the patch because of the palpable tension .
“ The illegal practice was going on for at least 20 years . We would auction those patches this year and expect to earn around Rs 30 crore revenue. We are planning to initiate similar action in Mankadia village where 4 patches are under the grip of Bengal sand mafias, ” Rajanikanta Biswal, tehsildar said.