Hoshiarpur: The residents of village Dihana (Chabbewal Constituency) along with the Congress leader Dr. Raj Kumar today staged a dharna at village Dihana and stopped the vehicles carrying illegal sand from the illegal mining site in the village.
The dharna was lifted when the Mining Department and Police nabbed 5 vehicles carrying and digging illegal sand. FIR has been lodged.
Dr. Raj Kumar alleged that the Cabinet Minister and MLA Chabbewal Sohan Singh Thandal has involvement in this illegal mining. He said the illegal mining is carried on from a long time at this site.
During the dharna, Ravinder Singh Thandal, the son of Cabinet Minister Sohan Singh Thandal reached the spot and tried to convince the villagers that the mining was legal. But, he was not able to produce any of the documents of legal mining.
The officials of Mining Department said that the contract of this mining site expired on 30th December, 2014 and no contract was signed after it. Thus, an FIR was registered.
On the other hand, Cabinet Minister Sohan Singh Thandal denied all the allegations of involvement into the business of illegal mining. He said that his son Ravinder Singh Thandal went to the spot on his behalf when he came to know about the dharna of the residents of village Dihana. He alleged that a Congressmen have been conspiring against him.