Seven persons,including a history-sheeter and several truck drivers,were arrested for mining illegally in a
tributary of Sabarmati river under Aslali police station area early on Sunday morning.
The Ahmedabad rural police also seized from the spot five trucks and three JCB machines allegedly used by the accused for mining. Meanwhile,three others managed to flee.
Lead by SDPO Nirlipt Rai and DSP Manjita Vanzara,a police team raided the area at midnight on Sunday and found illegal mining going on near Piplaj village on the border of Aslali and Vatva. Seven persons,including Bhavan Bharwad and his son Mehul,were arrested on the spot, Rai said.
Police said that around 2.30 am,they found three JCB machines digging the riverbed. Police also found five sand-laden trucks. Three persons,whom the police believe are truck drivers,fled as soon as they saw the police arrive. But police managed to nab seven persons,including the father-son duo. Bhavan Bharwad is believed to be a history-sheeter and has been involved in mining for a long time.
It was revealed that the father-son duo had hired the JCB and the trucks for illegal mining. They were arrested on the spot. According to Rai,it is illegal to mine at night. He said there are clear-cut guidelines regarding mining hours,that being it is illegal to mine between 6 pm and sunrise.
We have been receiving complaints from the area for the past several days. Last night,we raided the place and found that mining was indeed taking place. We discovered that three JCB machines were being used to dig up sand and being loadec them in the trucks. The accused,however,protested claiming that the sand had been dug up during the day and that they were only ferrying them out. But they didnt have any documents to back their mining rights, Rai added.