A Kankavali court has remanded Congress MLA Nitesh Rane in police custody till March 10. Rane was arrested along with 21 others by the Sindhudurg police on Saturday after the Sindhudurg district collectorate was damaged by dumper operators engaged in the thriving sand mining industry.
Rane, representing Kankavali, is the son of former chief minister Narayan Rane. He was leading an agitation of dumper owners who have been protesting against the district collector for a drive under which truck owners were being fined for ferrying mined material.
The ban on sand mining in Maharashtra’s coastal districts of Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Raigad and Thane was lifted last year after the government promised the National Green Tribunal that it would ensure mining did not affect the environment. The district collectorate, however, started a crackdown against dumper owners who were found to be ferrying mined goods by flouting norms.