Illegal soil mining: 3 arrested


    Coimbatore: Revenue department officials on Sunday seized a tipper truck and two earthmovers used for red soil mining from Palanikuttai in No 11 Veerapandi village on the city outskirts and handed over the drivers of the vehicles to the Thadagam police.
    Zonal deputy tahsildar of Coimbatore north taluk office and village administrative officers in Nanjundapuram and No 11 Veerapandi village had received information about the illegal soil mining at Palanikuttai on Sunday. They rushed to the spot and found three people mining red soil using earthmovers. The officials checked documents they were carrying and found that the trio illegally mined soil for a brick kiln unit.
    The officials seized the three vehicles and handed them over to the Thadagam police along with the drivers. Based on Saravanakumar’s complaint, the Thadagam police registered a case against tipper truck driver X Arunraj, 35, of No 11 Veerapandi village and earthmover drivers S Venkatesh, 24, of Pannimdai and A Lakshmanan, 28, of Thippanur village near Pannimdai. They were booked under sections 379 (theft) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 21 of the Mines and Minerals (Regulation and Development). Amendment Act, 1958.
    The trio was arrested and remanded in judicial custody.