Tribune News Service
Pathankot, January 22
Nearly 80 policeman today raided and sealed two stone-crushing units, including one belonging to Bhoa Congress MLA Joginder Pal, in the mining-rich hamlet of Kirri village along the Ravi.
Confirming the development, SSP Gulneet Singh Khurana said his men had worked on a tip-off that had claimed the legislator’s crusher was engaged in illegal mining. The second crusher is owned by a Bhoa resident.
Officers deny any political pressure
- Two teams, each comprising 40 cops, reached the spot at Kirri village in morning
- The legislator’s crusher was ‘engaged’ in illegal mining
- The DC and SSP denied any political pressure regarding the raids
“We are investigating the extent of manipulation by the MLA. An FIR will be registered once we receive an official report from the mining officer. We had reports that the legislator had been engaged in unauthorised mining for the past few weeks,” said a senior officer.
Deputy Commissioner Sanyam Aggarwal said illegal mining would not be tolerated by the administration. “The raids will continue over the next few days. Nobody will be spared. The ecosystem gets disturbed by such activities. We have sought a report from the mining officer on the magnitude of unauthorised mining in the area,” he said.
The DC and SSP denied they were under any political pressure regarding the raids.
Joginder Pal could not be contacted for comment although there were reports he was camping at the Taragarh police station.
Sources claimed two teams, each comprising 40 policemen, reached the spot in the morning. The raids were monitored by the SSP.
Pertinently, the MLA had a run-in with both the DC and SSP in October last year. At the time, he had used unparliamentary language against the officers.
A video clip of the incident had also gone viral. He had also hurled expletives at his party colleague and Pathankot MLA Amit Vij in the same video.
The bureaucracy was alarmed at the sheer audacity with which he had dared to tear the uniforms of the cops, including women constabulary, if they dared enter Deriwal village where the muncipal corporation officials had planned a garbage dumping site. Deriwal falls in the jurisdiction of the Bhoa Assembly seat.
Run-in with officers
The MLA (in pic) had a run-in with both the DC and SSP last year over an MC plan to build a garbage dump at Deriwal village. He had used unparliamentary language against the officers. A clip of the incident had gone viral.
Source: Punjab News Today