Rayagada: To trail an inter-state sand smuggling racket, the officials of district administration today reached Bhalumaska railway station to conduct a probe into the illegal transportation of sand here in Kalyansinghpur of the district.
The Tehsildar conducted a probe in the presence of local police, sources said.
The matter came to light when local people detained a goods train that was illegally smuggling sand to Laxmipur. They immediately informed the revenue department after which officials rushed to the spot and found tonnes of sand being transported in three wagons of the goods train.
After a preliminary probe, administrative sources revealed that the sand was being smuggled to a contractor union in Laxmipur of Koraput district.
Earlier, the Cuttack district administration had also intercepted a goods train at Nergundi station while transporting sand illegally to Uttar Pradesh on September 9.