Cuttack: The district administration busted illegal transportation of sand on a goods train to Uttar Pradesh exposing inter-state sand mafias’ network here on Friday.
During raid the administration with help of police seized the train and over 6000 MT sand while being transported to Uttar Pradesh illegally from Nirgundi railway station.
However, four trucks, three 10 wheeler vehicles and more than 15 persons engaged in loading sand on the bogies of goods train fled the spot.
According to reports, the district administration and police raided the goods train at Nirgundi station at around 8 pm on Friday after getting information of illegal sand transportation to other state. Loading the sand from CDA area in Cuttack, the company without having permission from railway authorities and other necessary documents for transporting sand to other state unloaded the sand on 50-60 bogies of the goods train. The raid was conducted while six bogies were filled with sand and loading operation was underway on other bogies.
“I had information about illegal transportation of sand on goods train by the mafias. With help of SDPO after informing collector, sub-collector and ADM we raided the train. After talking with the person, who was transporting the sand, we came to know that they do not have permission to transport minor mineral to any other state. It needs to be verified how they were transporting the sand to other state,” said Tangi-Choudwar Tehsildar Abinash Rout.
It will come to fore after inquiry that where the sand was being transported, he said.
“Two days back I got the information that the sand was unloaded in a particular area. I verified it through my local staff and RIs. I had waited for appropriate time to raid with help of police during loading,” Rout added.
“We have lease in Cuttack CDA Bidyadharpur under Barag Tehsil. We loaded sand on goods train for transporting to Uttar Pradesh. We have permission from Barang Tehsildar for operation under Form R. As Tehsildar wanted to see some documents, we stopped the transport. We have permission from the railway. As per new OMC rule, there is no mention anywhere that we cannot transport sand to any other state. After implementation of GST, the trade and transport of any material is free across India. After producing the documents before the railway, the authorities had given us permission,” said the lease holder.