Probe into minerals found at siding begins

Sundergarh: A day after a letter from Union Tribal Affairs minister Jual Oram to Union Mines minister Narendra Singh Tomar requesting for a probe into the illegal minerals stacked near a railway siding in Sundergarh district, a special task force team of the state Mines department arrived in the district on Friday and started an on-the-spot investigation.

In his letter, Oram had informed the Union mines minister that 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”, Oram said, adding that the cost of the minerals stacked near the siding would be around Rs 100-120 crore. He had requested the

Union Mines minister to send a team of officials of the Indian Bureau of Mines to probe the matter 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.