Bhubaneswar, Mar 4: Special Task Force (STF) of Crime Branch today arrested nine sand mafias on Ib river bed in Sundargarh district.
STF has also seized six Hyvas loaded with sand and two earthmoving machines from the spot. Acting on specific input, STF conducted a raid and nabbed the accused.
“None of the accused could produce any valid documents or authority in support of lifting or transportation of sand from the river bed. The accused were carrying on the illegal activities since long without any authority or documents causing huge loss to the exchequer. A case has been registered at Bhasma police Station for necessary legal action,” said an official.