The police here have beefed up measures to check unauthorised mining of sand in different parts of the district.
The police action followed reports of large-scale unauthorised mining of sand from rivers to defeat regulation of sand-mining activities under the Kerala Protection of River Banks and Regulation of Removal of Sand Act, 2001. The police here said that they had already intensified steps to nab those who violated the provisions in the Act.
Nearly 30 country crafts laden with river sand illegally mined from the Valapattanam river here had been seized by the Valapattanam police on December 12. The canoes carrying unauthorised sand mined from the river were seized during night-long raids conducted since December 11 as part of intensifying the police measures to check large-scale unauthorised sand-mining and smuggling in the area.
The police said the sand laden canoes were captured from Valluvankadavu, Thuruthi, and Kattampalli areas near Valapattanam. Seven sand-mining workers were also taken into custody, the police said. While some canoes with sand were seized for carrying sand-mined after the scheduled time, the others were held for carrying sand without proper mining pass, the police said.