Mysore

Mining: KS Eshwarappa demands sacking of Minister H C Mahadevappa

K S Eshwarappa, leader of the Opposition, who is in Mysuru as part of a state wide tour to examine Siddaramaiah government’s work progress, held a review meeting with Deputy Commissioner C Shikha, Superintendent of Police Abhinav Khare and senior officials from various government departments that were linked to sand mining like mining department, forest department. Mysuru district is facing drinking water scarcity since several months, and the state government has not utilised the funds reserved for drinking water. Three years have completed and the government is now planning to auction tender for construction of 193 drinking water units, he added.

BJP and Opposition leader K S Eshwarappa demanded sacking of PWD and District in-charge Minister H C Mahadevappa for allegedly misusing his office to protect his son Sunil Bose who is directly involved with the sand mafia in the district.

Expressing dissatisfaction against the district administration and the law enforcement authority for not taking any action against illegal sand mining which is rampant in the Mysuru district, Eshwarappa said that the soft stance of the concerned authority in not taking stringent action clearly shows that the Siddaramaiah government is encouraging illegal works in the district.

Even though PWD Minister H C Mahadevappa’s son Sunil Bose’s involvement is proven in illegal sand mining in T Narasipur taluk, the law enforcement authority has not taken any action, Eshwarappa said.

“Moreover, Superintendent of Police Abhinav Khare is helpless and assures to suspend two police officers who were allegedly associated with Sunil Bose during a wine party. Responding to my query, the SP has assured that he will take action against the police officers associated with Sunil Bose on receiving the enquiry committee report, however, now the investigation is under process,” the former deputy chief minister said.

However, to justify the police department action, the district administration has stated that the law enforcement authority booked 275 cases in connection with illegal sand mining, lamented Eshwarappa.

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