Granite scam: public can lodge complaints

SP to receive petitions on September 1

Updated - November 16, 2021 11:09 pm IST

Published - August 30, 2012 11:17 am IST - MADURAI

ACTION: Huge block of granite stockyard at down the hill of Panchapandavar at Keezhavalavu near Melur. File Photo

ACTION: Huge block of granite stockyard at down the hill of Panchapandavar at Keezhavalavu near Melur. File Photo

Public can directly submit their petitions to the Superintendent of Police Madurai District on September 1 (Saturday) against erring granite quarry operators/companies/firms/representatives on any form of intimidation acts.

According to a press release, the police have received specific information during inspections at granite quarries in Melur, Keelaiyur, Keelavalavu and other surrounding hamlets in Madurai district that many quarry operators had allegedly indulged in acts which harmed the public. Many tanks for irrigation purposes and patta lands in villages close to granite quarries were either encroached upon or trespassed.

Instances of intimidation against private land owners have come to light now, when they refused to part with their immovable properties to granite quarry owners. Tillers were threatened to stay away from carrying out farm related works in fields. Explosives, which were used for mining purposes, harmed the people in the nearby vicinity as they were of high decibels. There have been complaints of permanent disability caused due to the illegal mining operations.

In some other cases, the farmers’ have alleged that their lands were taken away by some granite operators who used force and purchased their properties for paltry sums in the past. Whenever, there was any rejection or the land owners refused to part with, the erring granite operators encroached by stocking granite slabs, thus preventing the land owners from free access to their lands.

For detailed inquiry and action, the petitioners can approach the SP at the District Police Office on September 1, 2012 from 10 a.m. onwards, the press release added.

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