Bihar authorities have dealt a blow to illegal sand mining operations in the state, apprehending 20 individuals and capturing 40 boats laden with illegally extracted sand. The action took place near Bihta on the Sone River, bordering Koelwar in neighboring Bhojpur district.
Acting on a tip, a joint team raided the area late on December 21st, encountering over two dozen individuals actively loading sand onto large mechanized boats. Police swiftly apprehended members of the sand mafia and initiated legal proceedings. In a desperate attempt to hinder the operation, some individuals set fire to nearly 10 boats in the Sone’s main channel.
Illegal sand mining, often perpetrated by powerful criminal syndicates, has plagued several Bihar districts during monsoon seasons. These mafiosi, known for their heavy armament and ability to overwhelm police units, have unleashed terror in recent months, attacking and even killing officials who dared to challenge their activities.
The recent operation near Bihta highlights the ongoing struggle against illegal sand mining. While reports suggest activity may have resumed after the raid, the ADG (Additional Director General of Police) has reaffirmed the state’s commitment to tackling this issue. The government’s recent initiative to establish permanent check posts in vulnerable areas is a promising step towards curbing this harmful practice.