Goa: Stone quarry owner moves court to get back seized machinery
Times of India | 1 week ago | 24-09-2022 | 11:31 am
Times of India
1 week ago | 24-09-2022 | 11:31 am
PONDA: After Collem police seized machinery, including a horizontal laterite cutting machine from a Tatodi-Dharbandora quarry site, the owner has moved court to get his machinery released. The machinery was allegedly used to extract and steal laterite stones illegally. The matter will be heard by a Sanguem court on Saturday, Collem PI Sanjay Dalvi said. Following a complaint lodged by Omkar Naik Gaonkar, an assistant geologist of the directorate of mines and geology, Panaji, the police had seized the machinery earlier this week. Four persons — stone quarry owner Ganpat Gaonkar, 39, a resident of Tatodi, three labourers, Mukesh Urao, 21, and Rajesh Kindo, 19, both natives of Jharkhand and Santosh Lamani, 27, a native of Bijapur, Karnataka— were arrested. They were later released on bail, Dalvi said. Since stone extraction has been banned by the Supreme Court, extraction and selling of extracted laterite stones is an offence and a case under provisions of the Indian Penal Code and Minor Mineral Ore Concession Rules has been registered against the accused, he added.