Six arrested for trying to kidnap inspectors from mining department
The government is paying a heavy price for failing to solve the impasse over sand mining that has been banned by the Supreme Court since November last year.
The sand mafia in Rajasthan tried to kidnap two inspectors of mining department and three constables of Rajasthan Armoured Constabulary on their way back to the police station. The two dumpers were carrying sand.
However, the dumper drivers, when they realised what was happening, stopped following instructions and began to drive in a different route.
Reports said that some people blocked the way of the dumpers in a Fortuner and a Scorpio and unloaded the dumpers.
Initially, the police did not admit to the incident but later swung into action and arrested six persons.
The government has been forced to act against illegal mining following orders from the Rajasthan High Court which has even asked the authorities to raid the construction sites to find out how they were using sand when there was a total ban on mining.
The Supreme Court too has declined to let mining take place unless replenishment studies are completed.
The courts have also declined to let government auction smaller plots for sand mining which was an attempt to evade stringent conditions of environmental clearances from the Centre.