Villagers: The mining department has not located any unlawful sites

Mohali police will ask them to identify illicit mining sites or face prosecution . Last year, Mohali police arrested 19 farmland owners for conniving with illegal miners .

Mohali: Thousands of villagers from Majri, Mubarikpur, Mullanpur, Kharar, and Derabassi have claimed that there are 42 illicit mining sites and crushers that have yet to be identified by the police, according to Mohali deputy commissioner Amit Talwar.We will ask them to do so soon or face prosecution.Last month, the chief ministers office received reports on the identification of illicit mining sites in the DCs.The mining department reported to the Mohali administration that there was no illicit activity taking place in the district last year, but a group of village panchayat members lodged a complaint with the DC about widespread illegal digging, according to former Punjab Police inspector and now panchayat member Mahinder Singh.

Last year, Mohali police arrested 19 farmland owners for conniving with illegal miners.