Five more arrested in illegal mining case

Rourkela: With the arrest of five more persons including a mines mafia today, the total number of arrests rose to 10 during the past two days in Koida mines area of Sundargarh district.

SDPO Amaresh Panda said five persons including mines mafia Ramesh Chandra Pradhan of Joda in Keonjhar district were arrested and a dumper loaded with iron lumps were seized from Mandajoda mines area.

Police had arrested five persons yesterday and seized one dumper loaded with iron ore. The total iorn ore and iron lump seized were about 30 tons valued at about Rs 1.30 lakh. All five were produced before a court at Bonai which remanded them to jail custody.