Tamil Nadu: Villagers hold 3 PWD officers hostage to protest against illegal sand mining

Close to 500 villagers held three officers of the Public Works Department hostage to protest illegal sand mining. The protestors also captured 47 trucks which were allegedly being loaded with sand before getting a permit on Friday.

After nearly five hours, cops arrived at the spot and promised appropriate action. Following which, the officers taken hostage were freed.

At Sirugambur, a village situated on the banks of the branch of river Cauvery, villagers noticed discrepancy with which the authorities allowed sand to be mined and when questioned, the authorities gave an arrogant reply or none at all.

Tamil Nadu is a state plagued by illegal sand mining dating back to nearly two decades which has almost destroyed its river beds.

Keeping this situation under consideration, late Chief Minister Jayalalitha kept forward a poll promise that once she comes back to power, the state government will claim all sand quaries and will regulate the business.

Now Chief Minister Edapadi K Palanisamy has announced that sand distribution and sales would be carried out through online platforms mainly to curtail online mafia. However, the chief minister's plan don't exactly seem to be working in many areas of the state.

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