Thursday, December 1, 2022



Illegal mining in Himachal, ED arrests mastermind

New Delhi, Sep 28, 2022- The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday said that they have arrested one key person Lakhwinder Singh who owns and controls several mining sites and stone crushers in Una district of Himachal Pradesh.

The ED had earlier initiated money laundering investigation on the basis of FIRs registered by police station Sadar in Una for illegal mining and criminal conspiracy against various persons and entities.

The ED has learnt in the investigation that rampant illegal mining was being carried out at various locations in Una district.

Consequently, the ED conducted searches at various premises belonging to Singh and others on September 19 and seized various incriminating documents, digital devices, property documents and unaccounted cash of Rs 15.37 lakh

“The modus operandi adopted by the persons includes excess mining beyond permissible limits through excavation of sand and gravel beyond the leased area and overshooting permissible depth of mining,” the official said.

The official said that massive environmental damage has been caused due to non-adherence to the environment norms. Also, no royalty/duty, tax, etc., was being paid on this excess mining.

“To physically ascertain the extent of illegal mining, a joint digital survey along with state mining officials has been carried out at the mining sites owned and controlled by the persons involved which revealed about 4.8 lakh cubic meter of excess mining had been carried out. The value of illegally mined material that has been clandestinely sold (out of books of account) is to the tune of Rs 35 crore,” the official said.

The ED learnt that Singh was the key person who owned and controlled several mining sites and stone crushers in Una district and was the mastermind and prime beneficiary of proceeds of crime generated from illegal mining.

Singh had resorted to withholding relevant information and was misleading the investigation. After the arrest, he was produced before the special court in Himachal Pradesh which sent him to ED’s custody for five days.

Further investigation in the matter is on.  (Agency)

Subscribe to YesPunjab Telegram Channel & receive Important News Updates

- Advertisement -

Yes Punjab - TOP STORIES

Punjab News

Sikh News

Transfers, Postings, Promotions


Stay Connected






Langah case: Giani Harpreet Singh committed ‘contemptuous irreverence and aberration’ towards Sikh doctrine – by Bir Devinder Singh

Chandigarh, November 30, 2022 (Yes Punjab News) Giani Harpreet Singh Head priest of Sri Akal Takht, while pronouncing the religious punishment to Mr. Sucha Singh...

Why India must step up its global campaign to nail Pak-sponsored terror – by Kanwal Sibal

New Delhi, Nov 30, 2022- The 14th anniversary of the gruesome Mumbai terror attacks has gone by without its perpetrators being brought to justice....

Nadav Lapid must meet Kashmiri Pandits, visit Wandhama, Nadimarg – by Deepika Bhan

The first reaction to Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid's statement on 'The Kashmir Files' was that of shock and disdain. How could a tragedy be...


Health & Fitness

Simple urine test can reveal early-stage Alzheimer’s disease

New Delhi, Nov 30, 2022- A simple urine test can reveal if someone has early-stage Alzheimer's disease, potentially paving the way for an inexpensive and convenient disease screening. Researchers found that urinary formic acid is a sensitive marker of subjective cognitive decline that may indicate the very early stages of Alzheimer's disease. To reach this conclusion, the researchers tested a large...

Gadgets & Tech

error: Content is protected !!