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Four arrested after AAP members raid illegal sand filtering units in BengaluruImage: Illegal sand mining/ PTI
news Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 09:36

Leaders of Aam Aadmi Party in Karnataka have dug out a massive illegal sand-filtering unit inside Bengaluru on Friday.

Times of India reported that AAP members raided six such units with the help of Kengeri police, who have arrested four people in this connection.

Filtered sand is essentially low quality substitute for sand and is sold at the same price as sand.

TOI reported that, over 5 acres of encroached government land was being used for illegal sand filtering for the last few months.

Ravikrishna Reddy, co-convenor of AAP and other party volunteers raided the area at around 11 am and caught the workers red-handed.

Bengaluru Urban deputy commissioner V Shankar said an FIR would be filed against the ones involved.

 “It's a shame that sand filtering is flourishing within the city and it's strange how BBMP isn't aware of it and police failed to notice hundreds of trucks carrying sand here.This only prove the state of law enforcement in the city .The filtered sand is of very low quality ,” Ravikrishna said.

Deccan Chronicle reported that mixed sand from villages like Kanakapura, Ramanagaram and other places were brought to spot was being filtered using sewage flowing in the Raja Kaluve behind the units.

The information about illegal sand filtering in the city outskirts came to freedom fighter H S Doreswamy about 10 days ago, but on further investigation the group found it was happening inside too, Ravikrishna added.

This is an aggregated report from Deccan Chronicle and Times of India

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