Protest held against illegal sand mining in Kodlipete

Assistant Commissioner promises steps to check the problem

Assistant Commissioner Akrampasha talking to Cauvery Sene office-bearers who staged protest against illegal sand mining on Monday. DH photo

“Illegal sand mining is being carried out unabated in Janardhanahalli in Kodlipete. The authorities should stop the illegal transportation of sand from district to neighbouring states,” said Cauvery Sene Convener Ravichangappa.

Speaking on the occasion, Assistant Commissioner Akrampasha said “illegal sand mining has been brought to my notice. Action will be initiated to check illegal sand mining.”

“We will take measure to suspend illegal sand mining activities,” he assured. He also directed Somwarpet taluk officer to seize the machine used for sand mining and register complaint against the contractor.

Later, the activists staged a protest in front of Madikeri Urban Development Authority, opposing the conversion of 67 acre agriculture land for commercial purpose.

They also staged a protest in front of Aranya Bhavana. The protestors said “RFO is supporting theft of wood. RFO is owning three lorries and a saw mill,” he alleged.

DCF Rajashekar said “we are investigating into the allegation. If the any official is found guilty, we will initiate action.”

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