Palghar: Police have booked around 100 people and seized 43 trucks for illegal extraction and transportation of sand from the Vaitarna riverbed here in Maharashtra. The action followed a crackdown on members of the sand mafia operating in the district by the rural police on Friday night, police said on Sunday. Raids were carried out in keeping with the orders of courts which have banned extraction of sand from the river using
Palghar: Mounting under the media pressure to act on the sand-mafia, blindly dredging the base of the Vaitarna Bridge to get their hands on the ‘black – gold’ (sand), the Vasai Tehsildar along with the Virar police and their Talathi’s raided the illegal sand dredging sites during wee hours of Sunday at 6am, catching the sand mafia by surprise for whom it was business time.
Vasai: After the Mahad Tragedy which led to the loss of more than 40 lives, all eyes are set on the railway bridge over the Vaitarna River in Palghar district. This bridge is infamous for its speed restriction and rampant illegal sand dredging on the sea bed.
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