FIR registered against ex-minister Munirathna for using explosives for quarrying

Dr.Thomas (Special Correspondent)

BJP MLA Munirathna in trouble as Chikkajala police on tuesday booked him along with three others for carrying out illegal quarrying and using explosives to blast the rocks in the kharab land at Hunasamaranahalli .

Based on a complaint by the Yelahanka Tehsildar Anil Arolikar,the Chikkajala police registered a case against Munirathna,Anandan, Ganesh V and Radhamma who owned the adjacent land.

Following series of explosions villagers led by members of Jai Bhim Sene protested and submitted a petition to the Tehsildar requesting to stop the ‘illegal’ mining activities and take legal action.

Following the complaint,a joint surveyor was conducted and revealed that explosives were used for quarrying in the land belonging to the accused .

These activities were damaging earth in that region and the accused had not obtained any permission from the authority concerned.

The accused have also sold the stones resulting in loss to the state exchequer, Mr. Arolikar, said in his complaint.

The police said that they are verifying the records and will issue notices to the accused to appear before the police for questioning