An organisation called Meenavar Viduthalai Iyakkam has sought the intervention of the Superintendent of Police, Tuticorin district, to immediately lodge a First Information Report against those who indulged in illegal beach mining.

Its members led by general secretary, V. Alangara Barathar, submitted a petition in the District Police Office here on Saturday seeking necessary action to check the unlawful activity.

Despite former Collector Ashish Kumar’s directive to the Village Administrative Officer to file a case against illegal mining with the Kulathur police in the wake of inspection at Vaipar, Vembar, Periyasamipuram, Kalaignanapuram and its surroundings under Vilathikulam taluk on August 6 by two teams that executed the task for over six hours, the Kulathur police were reluctant to file a case against the beach sand mafia, the association said.

The former Collector, who got transferred on the evening of August 6, exposed the larger crime before the media while addressing a press conference here on August 7 and said a case was filed against the proprietor of the V.V. Minerals (beach mining company) on five counts of criminal offences.

The organisation came to know that no case had been filed until August 9 with the Kulathur police regarding the illegal mining operation. As a general secretary of the organisation, he said he had contacted the Kulathur Inspector of Police over phone to know whether any case was filed. But the Inspector did not respond properly and asked him to come directly to the Kulathur police station to discuss the case. Besides filing the FIR, stern action should also be initiated against the Kulathur police, who delayed in their duty to file a case, the association said.

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