Police raid yields 2200 tonnes illegal coal in Bokaro district

RANCHI: Bokaro police have launched a massive hunt in an effort to check monetary flow to Maoists from illegal coal miners. In the past few days, police have seized around 2,200 tonnes of illegal coal from different places in Chandankyari and Nawadih areas of the district. Police sources said a large part of the earnings from illegal coal mining went to rebels. In case the miners defy the diktat of the Maoists, their business operations stopped. "Every year, at least Rs 2-3 crore goes to the Maoists and other rebel groups from illegal mining in the area," said a source. Deputy inspector general of police Laxman Prasad Singh confirmed the seizure from the Maoist-hit areas. "On Sunday also, we recovered around 200 tonnes of illegal coal from Nawadih jungles," said Singh adding police are not going to allow the illegal miners to flourish in the area. He said apart from the rebels, some criminal groups were also involved in largescale illegal coal mining and theft of iron and steel from the local companies. "I have asked all the officers in-charge of police stations in the district to be vigilant and ensure that illegal coal mining business is stopped," he added. The DIG also directed Bokaro police to start random checking of youths who move in the city in inebriated condition and create nuisance. Police have been provided a breath analyzer, which will examine and confirm alcohol consumption. "It was brought to my notice by many people, especially women, that youths consume alcohol and indulge in eve-teasing and pass vulgar comments. I have asked the SP to start surprise breathalysing test at busy places and punish the youths who create problem for others after consuming alcohol," said Singh.

Courtesy: timesofindia.indiatimes.com 05.02.2012

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