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Mines dept seizes 46,492 tons of illegal minerals in just 12 days

Jaipur: Following Chief Minister Bhajanlal Sharma’s directive to crackdown on illegal mining activities, the Mines Department has initiated a rigorous campaign against the mining mafia across the state. Since the launch of this special joint campaign on June 11, significant progress has been made in tackling illicit mining operations.

In the first 12 days of the campaign, a total of 956 cases related to illegal mining of gravel and other minerals have been registered. This enforcement effort has resulted in 162 FIRs being filed and the arrest of 66 individuals involved in these illegal activities. Additionally, 77 cases of illegal mining, 795 cases of illegal transportation, and 84 cases of illegal storage have been identified and documented.

Law enforcement teams have seized a substantial 46,492 metric tons of illegal minerals and confiscated 824 vehicles used in these unlawful operations. Furthermore, fines amounting to Rs 5.58 crore have been recovered as penalties for these violations.

Mines Secretary Anandhi and Mining Director Bhagwati Prasad Kalal are overseeing the campaign. At the district level, Superintendent Mineral Engineers are monitoring the campaign round-the-clock.

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