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DMO Srinagar refutes news on ‘Illegal mining in Dachigam’

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SRINAGAR: Refuting news captioned, ‘Illegal miners create havoc in Dachigam’, the District Mineral Office (DMO), Srinagar, Thursday strongly countered their alleged association with the miners terming it as totally false and baseless.
In this regard, the department has conducted night raids during the intervening night of 24 and 25 May 2021 and 26 and 27 May, 2021, wherein four tippers found illegally transporting Minor Minerals (Nallah Boulder/ Sand) were seized on the spot near Dachigam National Park. Harwan.
The said vehicles bearing registration number JK01AH 2711, JK01AH 4483, JK01J 1972 and JK01U 1181 were handed over to the concerned police station for custody till the compounding of offence by the competent authority in accordance with the J&K Minor Mineral Concessions, Storage, Transportation of Minerals and Prevention of illegal Mining Rules.
Pertinently, the field officials of District Mineral Office, Srinagar are actively performing their duties for curbing any illegal mining and transportation of minerals. They also ensure regular night patrolling besides checking by the flying squad constituted for the purpose.
During the current financial year, 43 vehicles have been seized and a fine worth Rs. 5, 83,755 has been recovered as a compounding offence till 27 May 2021.

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