Illegal sand mining, land grab issues rock Council

Opposition Leader in Legislative Council K.S. Eshwarappa raised the issue of illegal sand mining on Tuesday. Photo: K. Murali Kumar  

The issue of illegal sand mining and the alleged involvement of Minister for Public Works H.C. Mahadevappa plunged the Legislative Council into chaos on Tuesday, with the incident of Mysuru Deputy Commissioner filing a case against a Zilla Panchayat President and an aide of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah adding to the heat.

Raising the issue, Leader of Opposition in the Upper House K.S. Eshwarappa pressed for the constitution of a House Committee to probe into rampant illegal sand mining in various river basins in the State and demanded the resignation of Mr. Mahadevappa. He said officials, including Deputy Commissioner of Mysore C. Shika, were being threatened in the home district of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Mr. Mahadevappa.

Pointing at the recent incident of Mysuru DC C. Shika lodging a complaint against close aide of Mr. Siddaramaiah for interfering in her official work, Mr. Eshwarappa sought to know what would be the fate of common man if the DC and Superintendent of Police were feeling insecure in the State. “The accused has not been arrested even after filing FIR,” he alleged. He said similar interference was happening in the case of illegal sand mining also.

The opposition leader sought security from the government, even before commencing his presentation, saying that he had been receiving threat calls.

In his angry retort, Mr. Mahadevappa accused Mr. Eshwarappa of using the sand mining issue and the incident of police officers being found partying with his son Sunil Bose to tarnish his image.

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