Illegal mining, quarries raided on Dankari hill in Jajpur

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Jajpur: A joint team of Jajpur district administration, police and Revenue Department officials on Monday conducted raids on the Dankari hill under Dharmasala Tehsil in Jajpur district to stop alleged illegal mining in the area.

According to reports, a team led by the Superintendent of Police (SP) Charan Singh Meena and Collector Ranjan Kumar Das conducted raids and sealed 4 licensed and 12 illegal mining and quarries at Dankari.

Besides, the raids were also conducted on some large crusher units set up in the mining areas.

The move came after Sarbeswar Behura, an RTI and social activist of Jajpur had brought allegation of illegal mining to the National Green Tribunal (NGT). Following which, the NGT formed a committee to take necessary measures, but in vain.

Later, Behura met Governor Ganeshi Lal at Raj Bhawan on September 7 and submitted all the relevant documents relating to the illegal extraction and transportation of minor minerals in the Dankari hill forest area.

Following this, the Odisha Governor on October 5 directed the Forest and Environment department additional chief secretary, to probe the matter and take necessary steps.

Apprehending law and order situation, three platoons of police have been deployed in the area while the prohibitory order under Section 144 has been clamped around the hill area.

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