Government officials connived with mining mafia: Lokayukta SP

The Lokayukta police who conducted a preliminary investigation into the illegal mining in Chikkaballapur taluk found that the officials of some departments allowed rampant illegal mining by conniving mafia at many sites.he officials failed to act against illegal mining due to the pressure of powerful local politicians, the Lokayukta police said in their report.

“Since the report of the SP, Karnataka Lokayukta, Chikkaballapur, indicates that the illegal mining and stone crushing is being carried on and since it has serious adverse effect on the environment and results in continued loss of revenue to the State,  I am directing the Deputy Commissioner, Chikkaballapur district, to prevent illegal activities in Chikkaballapur taluk and take appropriate steps in accordance with law,” the Lokayukta said.

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