Koida mineral stacking: Jual seeks probe

Bhubaneswar: Union Tribal Affairs minister Jual Oram has sought a probe into the illegal minerals stacked near a railway siding in Sundergarh district.

In a letter to Union Mines minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Thursday, Oram said a huge stock of minerals has been found near Renjeda railway siding in the Koida mines area of Sundargarh district recently.

“While the said minerals have been stacked for transportation, there has been no claim of these minerals by anyone”, he said, adding that the cost of the minerals stacked near the siding would be around Rs 100-120 crore.

Oram requested the Union minister to send a team of officials of the Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) to probe into the incident and initiate appropriate action in this regard.

Asked about the measures taken by the district administration, Sundergarh collector Bhupinder Singh Punia said both the district administration and the police had an on-the-spot investigation on Wednesday.

“Appropriate action would be taken against the concerned mines mafia,” he added.