As many as 15 people have been arrested in connection with illegal coal mining and sand lifting in Bermo subdivision of Bokaro over the last seven days.
Acting on the directives of Bermo SDO Rahul Kumar Sinha, police have also seized more than 100 metric tonnes of illegal coal along with six trucks, three dumpers and nine tractors laden with sand.
After reports of coal and sand merchants carrying out their business with connivance of local thanas came in from Bermo, Kasmar and Nawadih, newly appointed IAS Sinha intensified the drive to check this illegal trade.
Speaking to The Telegraph on Wednesday, SDO Sinha said sand-laden tractors, which did not have forest and environmental and mining department clearances, have been seized and handed over to assistant mining officer B.L. Rajak. “Till date, 100 metric tons of coal has been seized and a dozen people arrested,” said Sinha.