ED raids on stone crushers in Himachal Pradesh and Punjab turn up Rs 35 crore in illegal mining.

The Directorate of Enforcements (ED) preliminary investigation into raids carried out on several stone crushers in Himachal Pradesh and Punjab has revealed that Rs.1.3 billion in total has been spent on the quarrying operations . The accused detained 35 crore in illegal mining in the states of Una Himachal Pradesh and Ropar Punjab .

LUDHIANA: The Directorate of Enforcements (ED) preliminary investigation into raids carried out on several stone crushers in Himachal Pradesh and Punjab has revealed that Rs.1.3 billion in total has been spent on the quarrying operations.The accused detained 35 crore in illegal mining in the states of Una Himachal Pradesh and Ropar Punjab.The ED's zonal office in Chandigarh has been raiding Una, Nangal, Ropar, Jalandhar, Mohali, and Panchkula on Monday in connection with illicit mining by stone crushers in the river Swan between Haroli of Himalaya and Nangal of Punjab.

ED has conducted searches at the premises of Ms. Lakhwinder Singh Stone Crushers, Manav Khanna, Neeraj Prabhakar, Vishal alias Vicky, and others in Una, Mohali, Panchkula, and other places in connection with illicit mining in Una district of Himalaya Pradesh, according to a statement issued by the government.The Department of Enforcement (ED) launched a money laundering probe on the basis of a FIR submitted by the Himachal Police in 2021 at PS Sadar, Una, to prevent illegal mining at Swan River in the Una District of Himachal Pradesh.According to the statement, rampant illegal mining was being carried out in Una District of H.P., which included illegal mining of sand from the river bed as well as stone mining from quarries.Investigations also revealed that illicit mining was also being conducted outside the leased zone.

Moreover, huge environmental harm was being incurred as a result of the non-adherence to Environmental laws.To physically check the extent of harm suffered and the amount of illicit mining is being carried out, a joint survey is being carried out.Various incriminating papers, digital equipment, property records, and unaccounted cash have also been confiscated as a result of the ED search.15.37 lakh.

According to a preliminary analysis of the papers, approximately Rs.900 per cent of the information has been lost.The persons responsible for carrying out the mining have earned 35 Crore in illegal gold.