Illegal Mining: SHO-Sarpanch talk goes viral, CP orders probe
The Station House Officer of Meharban police station, who was suspended by Police Commissioner RN Dhoke yesterday, is again in the dock as the recording of his telephonic conversation with the Sarpanch of Boothgarh village over illegal mining has gone viral.
Dhoke has ordered an inquiry.
Earlier, action against the SHO was taken following a complaint by a resident of Meharban, Surinder Pal Singh.
The complainant had alleged that some persons tried to encroach on land which he had donated to a gurdwara around three decades ago.
He had alleged that the SHO did not take action on his complaint.
An inquiry into the case conducted by Additional DCP IV Rajveer Singh Boparai.
Meanwhile, in the recording of the conversation between the SHO and Sarpanch Amrinder Singh Soni, the SHO is found behaving rudely with the Sarpanch.
As per the recording (clip with The Tribune), Sarpanch calls up the SHO at night to complain that several tractor-trailers carrying illegally mined sand were crossing the village.
The Sarpanch asks the SHO to take immediate action.administration and the police appear to be colluding/conniving, or turning a blind eye to illegal mining.”
Illegal mining Issue has taken a serious path in Punjab
The SHO asks the Sarpanch to first tell him who is illegally mining the sand. When Sarpanch feigns ignorance, the SHO turns furious and tells the former that if he (Sarpanch) is not aware who is mining the sand, then why is he calling him at night?Then SHO tells Sarpanch:
“Tu hai ki cheez mere agey, teri jurrat kiwe pegi phone menu raat nu karn di, teri main report likhda, tere te parcha darj karda main (Who are you, how dare you to call me at night, I will register a report and lodge an FIR against you for harassing an SHO).
On this, the Sarpanch tells the SHO that he is calling on his official number. As illegal mining is going on at his village, he just wants action against the culprits.
However, the SHO continues to warn the Sarpanch that he will register an FIR against him.When the Sarpanch tells the SHO that he would send the phone recording to Capt Amarinder Singh, the SHO says: “CM saab sadey, main ohna nu dsuga” (CM sahib is ours and I will take up the matter with him).The SHO later accused the Sarpanch of his involvement in illegal mining.
The Sarpanch told The Tribune that he had called the Station House Officer on the night of March 11
after he noticed vehicles laden with illegally mined sand crossing the village.
The Station House Officer, instead of rushing to the spot and taking action against the culprits,
misbehaved with him on the phone, he added.
The Commissioner of Police said the matter had come to his notice and he had marked an inquiry.
SHO accuses Sarpanch of the role in illegal mining of sand Meharban Station House Officer Jarnail Singh said Sarpanch of Boothgarh village Amrinder Singh Soni himself was behind illegal mining of sand.
“The day he called me, the police had registered four FIRs for illegal mining
and arrested the suspects with illegally mined sand.
As the suspects arrested by the police are close to the Sarpanch,
he called me up at night to make false complaints.
Earlier also on many occasions, I warned the Sarpanch against calling him up to make false complaints. But he did not budge due to which I lost my cool,” the SHO said.
Officials struggling to plug holes
Action against illegal mining in Punjab has not deterred the mafia from continuing its activities
despite vehicles and machines being impounded regularly in the last several months.
The fact that the mafia had tried to run over a mining official during his inspection
visit near Shambhu in November highlights audacity of illegal miners operating in the state.
Immediately after a chance spotting of illegal sand mining by chief minister Amarinder Singh near the River Satluj while travelling on a helicopter, the administrations of all the districts in Punjab have again become active and have started to check illegal sand mining in their jurisdictions.