Khurdha: The special task force of Khurdha police today arrested a member of the stone mining mafia gang operating illegal mining quarry in Tapang area of Khurdha district.
The accused, identified as Sanjay Paikray of Kumarbasta village under Khordha Sadar police limits is the kingpin of the gang, the STF said.
The task force also seized 10 kg ammonia nitrate powder, some gelatine sticks, wire, stabilizer of explosive chemicals from quarry. These were used in the blasting of boulders. They also acquired the explosive in an illegal way, police said.
The gang evaded royalty to government and was running the quarry for years in Tapanga area.
They also used illegal arms and ammunition to terrorize locals, government officials and rival gangs, the STF added.