SAND MAFIA

  • UP: Police constable mowed to death for taking on the sand mafia August 30, 2014

    Shahjahanpur: Sand mafia in Uttar Pradesh is back in the news for causing the death of a police constable in Shahjahanpur district. The constable was killed for stopping illegal sand mining. The incident occured when the constable tried to stop a tractor that was illegally mining sand. He was mowed...
  • The Citizen Journalist Show June 22, 2014

    In this episode, one CJ's fight for illegal sand mining in UP, a CJ's fight against litterbugs in Mumbai, a traffic cop's appeal to citizens to follow traffic rules and video volunteers report on how a taboo is forcing young women to hide in the jungle during menstruation. ...
  • Head constable shot at by suspected sand mafia March 31, 2014

    A head constable of Madhya Pradesh's Special Armed Force (SAF) was shot at and critically wounded by suspected members of a sand mafia near Morena on Monday, police said. The bike-borne armed mafia members were escorting tractor-trolleys transporting sand illegally mined from Chambal sanctuary area and were on their way to Morena. They...
  • Sand mafia attacks revenue officials at Budhni February 24, 2014

    Two members of a revenue official's team were injured after members of sand mafia allegedly attacked them while they were on duty to check illegal sand mining activity at Budhni in Sehore district. Some members of sand mafia attacked D S Tomar and his team as they reached the Bisakhedi village...
  • 10 injured after sand mafia gang opens fire at villagers for resisting illegal mining February 6, 2014

    At least 10 persons, including a village head, were injured when an alleged sand mafia gang fired at locals for resisting illegal mining on their land near HaryanaUP border in neighbouring Shamli district. Thirteenpersons have been arrested in connection to the incident which took place on Wednesday in Bidoli village of...
  • MP sand mafia allegedly tries to set Deputy Forest Ranger on fire January 10, 2014

    Bhopal: The assault by the sand mafia seems to have hit again with an alleged attempt made by them to set a Deputy Forest Ranger on fire in Singrauli in Madhya Pradesh. The deputy forest ranger has escaped with injuries and has been admitted in a local hospital. No arrests have been...
  • Karnataka government moves to crack down on sand mafia November 21, 2013

    Karnataka government on Thursday decided to bring in comprehensive amendments to the mineral concession rules to crack down on the sand mafia and making its illegal mining and transportation a cognisable offence. The state Cabinet, under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, decided to constitute sand monitoring committees at district and...
  • UP government revokes suspension of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal September 22, 2013

    Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh on Sunday revoked the suspension of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal. Nagpal was the Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) for Gautam Budh Nagar. She was suspended for allegedly breaking down a wall of an underconstruction mosque in Kadalpur on July 28. The state government had maintained that...
  • Another 'Durga Shakti' fights sand mafia in Kerala, students offer support September 9, 2013

    Thiruvananthapuram: Students of various colleges here have expressed solidarity with a woman, who has been staging a sit-in with her three children in front of the Secretariat here for the last two months seeking action against the sand mafia and mining. About 70 students, including girls, marched to the north gate...
  • PIL against use of measure of unit for sand in High Court August 16, 2013

    The Madras High Court, on Friday, ordered issue of notice to Legal Meteorology department on a PIL seeking action against government officials for selling river sand under 'prohibited' measure of 'unit'. The Madurai bench of Justices S Rajeswaran and T Mathivanan, admitting the petition filed by advocate M Rajendran, ordered notice...
  • Bengal govt to act tough against sand mafia, says Irrigation Minister August 14, 2013

    The West Bengal government is contemplating an amendment to the West Bengal Minor Minerals Act2002 act to strengthen laws to stop illegal sand mining and the mafia activities in the state, Irrigation minister Rajib Banerjee said in Kolata on Wednesday. Stating that a proposal has been placed before Chief Minister Mamata...
  • Maharashtra: Hingoli district tehsildar attacked by mining mafia August 11, 2013

    Mumbai: After Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh, the district tehsildar of Hingoli in Maharashtra has been targeted by the mining mafia. The tehsildar was attacked for taking on mining mafia in Patonda village and he alleged that one of the truck drivers tried to mow down him. Vidya Charan Kadavkar had...
  • India @ 9 with Bhupendra Chaubey August 9, 2013

    Watch the top stories of the day on India @ 9 with Bhupendra Chaubey. ...
  • Is it impossible to reinin the sand mafia? August 9, 2013

    Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan on Friday claimed that her ministry has found evidence of illegal sand mining in Greater Noida, the district from where IAS Durga Shakti Nagpal was suspended. ...
  • Illegal sand mining rampant in India despite Supreme Court ban August 9, 2013

    A CNNIBN investigation has exposed how sand is being rampantly mined from various parts of our country without any official check. ...
  • Nagpal has been glorified as 'Durgaji' by media, says Azam Khan August 8, 2013

    Accusing the media of glorifying suspended IAS officer Durga Sakthi Nagpal as "Durgaji", senior Uttar Pradesh minister Mohd Azam Khan said her case was highlighted while other such suspensions went unnoticed. "The media has projected Durga as Durgaji. Otherwise in such cases, officers from the level of managing director (MD)...
  • Punjab: Illegal mining on the rise, ministers pay lipservice August 8, 2013

    Chandigarh: As Environment Ministry team will on Thursday submit its report on sand mining in Greater Noida to Union Minister Jayanthi Natrajan on Thursday, CNNIBN has found illegal mining in Punjab. It was not only illegal mining but the mining mafia was even pocketing an illegal royalty on every truck...
  • HP: IAS officer Yunus Khan attacked by mining mafia August 8, 2013

    Chandigarh: An IAS officer was attacked allegedly by the mining mafia in Himachal Pradesh on Thursday morning. SDM Nalagarh Yunus Khan, who has been spearheading a crusade against the sand mafia, told CNNIBN that the tractor driver tried to run over him. The driver was arrested by the state police and...
  • Suspended IAS officer Durga Nagpal was concerned about environment August 7, 2013

    IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, widely believed to have been suspended for taking on a mafia illegally extracting sand from river beds, was always concerned about environment. So say those who have known her for long in Noida, a region bordering Delhi where some influential politicians are said to be...
  • Durga Nagpal was doing her duty, reinstate her, demands UP Wakf Board August 6, 2013

    UP Wakf Board has come out extending full support to suspended Uttar Pradesh IASofficer Durga Shakti Nagpal and demanding UP govt to reinstate her on the ground that she had no role in bringing down the wall of mosque in Greater Noida. According to a letter addressed by the Wakf Board...
  • SC 2009 order on religious structures suggests Durga violated no rules August 3, 2013

    New Delhi: As the Uttar Pradesh government stands by IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal's suspension, a Supreme Court order on illegal religious structures passed in 2009 suggests that suspended IAS officer Durga Nagpal acted strictly according to procedure and violated no rules. In December 2009, the court ruled that no new...
  • Suspended IAS officer Durga Nagpal gets a pat from HC, calls her brave August 2, 2013

    The Allahabad High Court on Friday had a word of praise for suspended IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, who took on the powerful sand mafia in Gautam Budh Nagar, saying she "bravely" exercised her jurisdiction. "We have gone through the pleading on record. We feel that the officer Nagpal bravely exercised...
  • HC refuses to interfere over Durga's suspension, sends notice to govt on sand mafia August 2, 2013

    As a controversy raged over the suspension of an IAS officer by the UP government, the Allahabad high Court on Friday declined to interfere in the matter, saying it was an issue "between the master and the servant". The court also voiced concern over illegal mining and sought a reply from...
  • I got IAS officer Durga suspended within 40 minutes, boasts SP leader August 2, 2013

    Lucknow: Even as calls for justice for suspended IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal are growing, Samajwadi Party leader Narendra Bhati was caught boasting on camera saying he spoke to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and had Durga Nagpal suspended within 40 minutes. Bhati said he has also conducted a...
  • UP: Aam Aadmi Party supports suspended IAS officer Durga August 1, 2013

    Durga Shakti Nagpal, an IAS officer known for taking on the sand mafia in Uttar Pradesh, has been suspended. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has justified the suspension, calling it an administrative decision. ...
  • UP: IAS officer Durga's suspension causes outrage August 1, 2013

    Durga Nagpal, during her tenure as the subdivisional magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar, had cracked down on the sand mining mafia. ...
  • UP: IAS officer Durga didn't order any demolition, says DM report August 1, 2013

    New Delhi: The Gautam Budh Nagar District Magistrate report on suspended IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal has said that she did not order the demolition of a portion of the mosque as alleged by the Uttar Pradesh government, according to sources. It says she merely told villagers to follow the...
  • Sand mafia kills one in Noida, SP leader mocks suspended IAS officer July 31, 2013

    New Delhi: Just days after the suspension of an Uttar Pradesh IAS officer known for taking on the sand mafia, a man was shot dead on Wednesday by alleged sand mafia in Noida in the state. The police say three motorcycleborne men shot the man, Mangeram, dead in Sector 39,...
  • Noida: 3 men shoot dead a man who was fighting the sand mafia July 31, 2013

    Noida: A man was allegedly killed on Wednesday by sand mafia in Noida in the National Capital Region. The police say three motorcycleborne men shot the man, Mangeram, dead in Sector 39, Noida. The family of the man allege he was killed by the sand mafia. The man was fighting the...
  • UP government to chargesheet suspended IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal July 31, 2013

    New Delhi: Suspended IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal is set to be chargesheeted by the Uttar Pradesh government. The process of chargesheeting the officer will be as per law, said the UP administration. According to the UP government, it is only after it serves a chargesheet, can Durga Shakti give an...