From A Correspondent
GOLAGHAT, June 24: An FIR was lodged in Golaghat police station on Saturday against sand mafias for allegedly carrying and lifting sand from the river.
According to report, Pratim Duarah, a resident of Kothiatoli Gaon of Golaghat, filed a complaint against Abdul Hasmat, sand mahaldar of Doigrung River for allegedly carrying and lifting sand from the river by violating the forest act, which had caused damage to the ecology and ture. In this regard, the Golaghat Police registered a case No. 399/17 against the sand mahaldar.
The complaint alleged that the Doigrung River sand mahal was allotted for operation to the mahaldar vide letter no. Mahal/2592 dated 13/10/2014 issued by the divisiol forest officer, Golaghat division. In the letter, the DFO directed the mahaldar for operation and lifting sand total 35,000 M3 within the limitation of seven years and it also directed that the sand mahal of Doigrung River would be operated manually. But the mahaldar illegally collected and lifted the sand from the river more than 1,00,000 M3 and this resulted in loss of government revenue.
Besides, the DFO directed him to operate the sand mahal within a radius of 11 km but the mahaldar has been operating the sand mahal up to approximately 18 km distance by violating the rules of the government procedure and rules. Duarah also alleged that three other persons, mely Ajit Malani, Gautam Upadhya and Abdul Milu, were jointly operating the mahal.
Moreover they are allegedly involved in selling and supplying the river sand illegally to galand, the complaint alleged. He further raised allegation that a section of forest officials of Golaghat forest division were illegally involved with the sand mafias by issuing the stock depot challan, TP and illegally assisting the mafias to commit such crimes, which was damaging the ecology and ture and causing loss of government revenue.
The complaint submitted these allegations to the Chief Minister Vigilance Cell, CID of Assam Police and the Superintendent of Police, Golaghat to take action immediately.