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Illegal sand extraction must stop, say farmers

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Police, Revenue officials accused of turning a blind eye to it

Demand:Farmers from Ganjigere and other villages in K.R. Pet taluk presenting a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner B.N. Krishnaiah in Mandya on Thursday.
Demand:Farmers from Ganjigere and other villages in K.R. Pet taluk presenting a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner B.N. Krishnaiah in Mandya on Thursday.

A group of farmers from Ganjigere and other villages in K.R. Pet taluk have urged Deputy Commissioner B.N. Krishnaiah to take immediate steps to curb illegal sand extraction from the Hemavati river-bed.

On Thursday, they submitted a memorandum to Mr. Krishnaiah.

A large number of people have been extracting sand from the river-bed since several months.

However, neither the police nor the Revenue officials in the taluk had taken any steps to curb this, the farmers told presspersons.

“We met Mr. Krishnaiah as the authorities in K.R. Pet taluk have failed to prevent sand extraction. The sand extractors are transporting sand in hundreds of lorries every day. The government is losing revenue,” they said.

Mr. Krishnaiah assured the farmers that he would look into the matter and take action.

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