GUWAHATI, Nov 20 - In a significant move, the officer-in-charge (OC) of Rongmongwe police station in Karbi Anglong has issued notices to the proprietors of nine stone quarries, under Section 149 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), to submit the papers that legalised their stone mining operations in the Karbi Anglong hills in the vicinity of the Kaziranga National Park (KNP) and Tiger Reserve. The OC has alleged that the owners of these stone quarries have been carrying out stone mining operations illegally “in connivance with the Forest Department”.
The papers asked for by the OC include copies of self-certified documents of their mining plan, clearance/approval they obtained from the Environment Impact Assessment Authority, certificates issued by the competent authority stating clearly the quantity of material extracted as on today and the quantity of material that would be allowed to be extracted further.
Besides, they have also been asked to supply a copy of the order of the court (high court or any other) if any, which has permitted their mining operations.
The OC said in his notice that the owners of Silimkhuwa stone quarry, stone quarry near Kunjury, stone quarry near Bordeka, stone quarry near Harmuti Killing Gaon, stone quarry near Bagori Dhin (No. 1), stone quarry near Bagori Dhin (No. 2), stone quarry near Bagori Dhin (No. 3), stone quarry near Bagori Dhin (No. 4) and the stone quarry near Bagori Dhin (No. 5) “in connivance with the Forest Department” are transporting stones in multiple trips by “misusing” the “same transit challan/permit”.
Though the permitted quantity of the extraction was very low, which was exhausted long back, excessive quantities are being mined now. Fresh extraction of minerals/stones is going on unabatedly and with full knowledge of the forest department. Again, the mining operations are not carried out by the persons in whose names the permissions were obtained, but by some other people, which is a benami transaction, the OC said.
Moreover, he said some mine operators are misinterpreting the judgement of the high court and are indulging in indiscriminate mining operations contrary to the court order that has only permitted removal of the already extracted stones, if any, from the site.
Almost all these allegations constitute criminal offences and some are cognizable and non-bailable ones, said the OC, adding that as mandated by Section 149 of the Cr PC, it is his duty to prevent such offences.
A copy of the notice has also been sent to the Registrar (Judicial) of the Guwahati High Court.