Punjab: Contractor Rakesh Chaudhary arrested for illegal mining

By Jasleen Kaur -- November 11th 2022 03:27 PM
Punjab: Contractor Rakesh Chaudhary arrested for illegal mining

Ropar, November 11: The Punjab Police on Friday arrested mining contractor Rakesh Chaudhary for his alleged role in illegal mining. A complaint against him was given by the Mining Department. Rakesh Chaudhary accused of illegal mining was apprehended from near Maharaja Ranjit Singh Bagh in Ropar.

Giving information in this regard, Punjab Mining Minister Harjot Singh Bains tweeted: “Biggest Ever Crack down on Illegal Mining Mafia. In a major crackdown on Illegal Mining Mafia, Ropar Police has arrested Kingpin of illegal mining during last many years Rakesh Chaudhry on complaint of Mining Department. #InquilaabZindabaad”

SSP, Ropar, Sandeep Garg said the action was taken following a complaint alleging a large scale illegal mining in Nangal area during the tenure of Ramesh Chaudhary as mining contractor.

Ramesh Chaudhary had been given the contract of 10 quarries in Ropar in 2019. The contract will be expiring in March 2023.

Earlier, the Indian Army had raised concerns over cross-border infiltration amid rampant illegal mining in border districts of Punjab. Following this, the Punjab Government decided that legal mining would not be allowed within 1 km of the international border.

It also submitted an affidavit before the Punjab and Haryana High Court in this regard.


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