Sukhbir Singh Badal – President, Akali Dal:
Sand mafia has overtaken the State. Witnessed illegal mining first hand near Beas bridge which threatens the lifeline of Majha besides eroding river banks & destroying farmer fields.
Capt Amarinder has given an open license to mafia & Cong MLAs to loot Punjab to save his chair. Hundreds of trucks were engaged in illegal mining when I reached the Beas river bank along the main highway.
Mining mafia has no fear of the law. They have put pipelines on floaters & use fork cranes to mine sand. Rang up police officials but no one came to spot for 2 hours.
Villagers say police come every day but to collect bribes from mafia elements. Right from Capt Amarinder to Sukh Sarkaria as well as local DC & SSP should tell Punjabis why they are allowing this brazen loot. SAD demands arrest of mafia kingpins Ashok Chandak & Rakesh Chaudhary.