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The Goa bench of the Bombay High Court criticized the state government and police for their lack of action in preventing illegal sand mining in Goa. During a contempt petition hearing by the River Sand Protectors Network, the court expressed disappointment in the Director General of Police and Chief Secretary’s lack of interest in addressing the issue. The court emphasized the importance of protecting Goa’s natural resources and called for greater sensitivity from top officials towards environmental protection.

The court noted that the affidavits filed by the DGP and Chief Secretary, promising strict action against illegal sand miners, were merely “paper assurances” and expected more concrete steps to be taken. It expressed disbelief in the authorities’ ignorance of the large scale of sand mining activities happening in the state. The court directed the Chief Secretary and DGP to submit a detailed action plan by December 12.

Highlighting 10 sites where illegal sand mining was allegedly taking place, the court mentioned that the activities involved numerous laborers, transporters, and trucks. It criticized the lack of action by police stations in Bicholim, Ponda, Tiswadi, and Pernem talukas and called for a change in personnel if necessary. The court also requested details about the use of boats and aerial vehicles in monitoring and preventing illegal sand mining.

Overall, the court urged the state government and police to take concrete steps to address the issue of illegal sand mining in Goa.

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