FIRs lodged against vehicles for illegal mineral transportation in Kathua

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KATHUA, Apr 16: District Mineral Officer (DMO) Rajinder Singh lodged two more FIRs for illegal transportation of minerals here on Tuesday.

FIRs have been lodged in the police station Rajbagh and Hiranagar against the vehicles for illegal transportation of minerals. Two FIRs for similar violations have already been lodged last week.

The Joint Director Geology and Mining conducted the verification of vehicles and passed instructions to the DMO for lodging FIRs and immediately after their registration in the concerned police stations.

DMO informed that the vehicles shall face proceedings under Rule-81(iii) of Jammu and Kashmir Minor Mineral Concession Storage, Transportation of Minerals and Prevention of Illegal Mining, 2016 notified vide SRO-105 and Section-21 of Mines and Mineral (Development & Regulation) Act, 1957 and under other relevant provisions of the law. 

The DMO has further appealed to people associated with mining business for lifting minerals only from authorized locations and on valid e-challans and for any type of violation, strict action shall be initiated to the extent of confiscation of their vehicles involved in illegal mining.

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