The Handwara Police District has maintained a steadfast campaign against illegal mining activities from November 2023 to May 2024. This initiative aims to protect natural resources and uphold environmental integrity. A detailed report of the operations during this period highlights significant achievements and enforcement actions.
A total of 170 vehicles involved in illegal mining were seized across the Handwara Police District. The details are as follows:

  • Handwara: 118 vehicles, including 6 tractors, 15 tippers, and 5 JCBs, were confiscated. The fines collected amounted to 1,579,292 rupees.
  • Qalamabad: 33 vehicles, mainly tippers and a JCB, were seized with fines totaling 394,296 rupees.
  • Vilgam: 2 vehicles were apprehended, resulting in fines of 22,706 rupees.
  • Kralgund: 17 vehicles, primarily tippers and JCBs, were seized, with fines amounting to 361,148
    In addition to vehicle seizures, 12 FIRs were registered related to illegal mining activities, highlighting the seriousness of these offenses. The total fines collected from these enforcement actions reached 2,357,442 rupees, reflecting the district’s commitment to deterring illegal mining through stringent punitive measures.
    The Handwara Police District credits the success of these operations to the invaluable support and cooperation of local communities in reporting illegal mining activities. This collaboration has been crucial in the effectiveness of enforcement efforts.
    The Handwara Police District reaffirms its dedication to combating illegal mining and urges all stakeholders to collaborate in preserving the environment and upholding the rule of law. The ongoing efforts signify a collective resolve to safeguard natural resources for future generations.


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