On Monday night, Champua forest officials confiscated a truck with license plate number BR-2BW-3821. It was loaded with high-grade manganese from the Jharan mines under the Joda Mining Circle in Keonjhar district. The driver was fleeing.
Allegedly, due to the mining mafia’s link with corrupt government officials, a large number of trucks loaded with illegal iron ore and manganese are being shipped illegally to neighboring Odisha states. Keonjhar’s former DFO, Swayam Malik, after joining in September, had broken the illegal mineral transaction by raiding unsuspecting surprises and was able to stop the robbery by arresting the culprits.
He is said to have also visited the border area to study the situation there, but after his transfer, the situation returns to normal. So much so that the Barbil Forest Range has become a safe haven for the mob.
Sources revealed that Champua’s Deputy Ranger is in charge of Barbil and in the same way, Rugudi Forester and Joda Forster have been given additional charge in the Barbil and Bamebari section, respectively. But raids do not take place frequently and lead to unbridled ore smuggling.
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