Punjab

Raghav Chadha raids sand mafia operating in CM Channi’s Chamkaur Sahib constituency, exposes illegal sand mining

December 04, 2021 06:02 PM

 

Business of sand mafia running under the protection of Chief Minister Channi - Raghav Chadha

Despite a letter by the forest officer, the administration did not take any action, the Channi government transferred that officer on the contrary too

CM Channi is conniving with the sand mafia- Raghav Chadha

Questions to CM Channi —  how much share of the sand mafia’s earnings reaches the Chief Minister? To which Congress leaders and ministers does the money of the mafia go? How much does the high command get?

Punjab has illegal sand business worth Rs 20,000 crore, AAP government will end illegal mining and give free education and medical services and Rs 1,000 to women
Forest officer had said in the letter that this land belongs to the forest department, mining cannot be done here

Chadha issued sensational documents regarding sand mafia of Chamkaur Sahib's village Jindapur, there were no flags and marks on the mining site

Channi Sahib says that I am not the CM of sand mafia but here it seems that CM is the sand mafia: Raghav Chadha

CM Charanjit Singh Channi is roaming from place to place doing Bhangra and here in his own assembly the mafia is mining sand worth crores of rupees

Chandigarh, 4th December : Aam Aadmi Party's Punjab co-in-charge Raghav Chadha exposed the illegal business of sand mafia running in Chamkaur Sahib, the assembly constituency of Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, in front of the media. On Saturday, Chadha reached Jindapur village of Chamkaur Sahib assembly and raided the site of the sand mafia which was running unopposed for a long time.

Addressing the media, Chadha said, “after becoming the Chief Minister, Channi had said, ‘Sand mafia should not come to me, I am not the chief minister of sand mafia'. But as soon as he became the Chief Minister, he went back on his promise. He joined hands with the sand mafia. Under the protection of Chief Minister Channi, now the sand mafia itself is running its business in his area.”

Chadha accused Chief Minister Channi of wrongly transferring the forest officer and said, “on November 22, 2021, Forest Officer Rajvansh Singh had written a letter to the SHO and Tehsildar here, informing that this area of Jindapur village was under the 'Forest Conservation Act'. Where no illegal mining activity can be carried out. On November 23, a day after writing the letter, the Channi government ordered the transfer of that honest forest officer. This proves that the sand mafia is working under their protection and Chief Minister Channi is in association with the sand mafia. About 800 to 1,000 trucks of sand are illegally supplied daily from here. The forest officer had said in his letter that this land belongs to the forest department and mining cannot take place here, but the mafia did illegal mining and also destroyed the plants planted by the forest department and the administration kept sleeping.”

Asking the Chief Minister, he said that Channi should tell everyone for how long illegal mining is going on here? How much of its share reaches his pockets? How many such mafia sites are there in Chamkaur Sahib and all over Punjab? And what is their nexus with the mafia?

He said, “Chief Minister Channi tells lies that the entireity Punjab gets sand at ₹5 per ft. Whereas the truth is that due to the sand mafia people have to buy sand at the rate of Rs 25 to 40 per feet.” Targeting the Chief Minister, he said that seeing the sand mafia, it seems that the cat itself is guarding the milk.”

He said, “building good schools, good hospitals and providing world class services to the people is the development model of Aam Aadmi Party's Kejriwal government. Whereas, protecting the sand mafia and drug mafia is the development model of the Congress government.” He said that there is a sand mafia business in Punjab worth about Rs. 20,000 crores. “After eliminating these sand mafia, the Aam Aadmi Party government will give an allowance of ₹ 1,000 to the women of Punjab and with the same money AAP will provide free world class education and medical services to the people”, he added.

Party Spokesperson Neil Garg and Advocate Dinesh Chadha were present with him on this occasion.

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