Stringent action against erring revenue officials

Deputy Tahsildar P. Aravindakshan, attached to the Koyilandy taluk office (headquarters) in the district, was placed under suspension on Wednesday, pending inquiry, on the charge that he had released a seized sand-laden tipper lorry to the owner without the approval of the Koyilandy Tahsildar.

District Collector K.V. Mohankumar issued the orders suspending the deputy tahsildar on the basis of a report submitted by tahsildar T.A. Abdul Salam and a later inquiry carried out by the Additional District Magistrate, K.P. Remadevi, in this regard.

The suspension comes close on the heels of the case of attacking the District Collector, who was carrying out a raid to check the smuggling of sand at Feroke on Saturday and the district administration has now decided to take stringent action against Revenue officials colluding with the sand mafia.

However, the suspension of the Deputy Collector was in no way related to the smuggling of the sand from any of the designated water frontages in the district. The compliant was that Mr. Aravindakshan had released the tipper lorry that had been seized by the Revenue officials at Perambra on December 4 for violating the route allotted to vehicles for transporting the load.

Normally, vehicles seized in connection with sand-mining cases were released only with the approval of the District Collector, official sources said.

The existing procedure for obtaining sand from the designated kadavus (water frontages) begins with the aspirant getting a certificate from the local body for the purpose.

Subsequently, a token has to be taken from the Akshaya centre; obtain a cash slip from the block or taluk office; pay the amount at any of the counters of designated banks; and submit the receipt at the block office; and finally waiting in queue on the riverbank.

The block or taluk office, while issuing the pass for obtaining sand from the water frontage, also mentions the route the vehicle has to take. In this case, the tipper lorry took the sand from the Kaloorkadavu in Changaroth gramapanchayat.

But the vehicle deviated from its allotted route by at least 2 km, raising a minor suspicion that the sand allotted was not meant for the actual beneficiary but for someone else, the sources said.

  • Collector’s approval needed for release

  • Lorry had deviated from allotted route