Rejecting the petitioners’ contentions, Justice Cunha said that the criminal action has been rightly initiated against them.
Angry relatives of the deceased blocked a road in protest on Sunday morning.
The petitioners have stated that the authorities have imposed fine for illegal mining beyond the licensed areas, and the same runs into hundreds of crores.
Blasts of high magnitude have shaken the farming community and activists in the region as they pose a threat to the 80-year-old reservoir that is the lifeline of both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu
A resident of Patkia said the mafia smuggle the stones from the block through Jamsola check gate and Barudbeda on the border with Jharkhand.
A total 299 vehicles and machines being used for illegal mining have also been seized across the state in the past three months
Trucks carry boards saying ‘NH work/PWD work’ to evade checking, find officials
Health Minister AL Hek said some constituents of the MDA are miffed over Home Minister James Sangma’s failure to stop illegal mining and transportation of coal. James is CM Conrad Sangma's brother.
Mining mafia has spread its tentacles in state at a time when the sector has generated a revenue of Rs 171 cr for the exchequer in FY19