Transportation of iron ore thwarted

May 30, 2008

May 29 (The Hindu) – An attempt to illegally transport seized iron ore in Gadiganur police station limits of Bellary district has come to light. Timely action by officials, including those from the Revenue, and Mines and Geology departments, prevented the illegal transportation of iron ore. Inquiries have revealed that Lokayukta had passed on information that around 25,000 metric tonnes of ore illegally stocked in a plot had been seized and there were attempts to bring down the quantum of seized material to 10,000 metric tonnes and lift the remaining material.

Based on information, the Deputy Commissioner, Arvind Srivastav, directed the Hospet Tahsildar, Pragna Ammembal, and Deputy Director of Mines and Geology to look into the matter. Officials found around 31 lorries engaged in transportation of the material. A case has been registered. Lokayukta N. Santosh Hegde told reporters that there appeared a collusion of some police officials in the incident.

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