Ullal: Three units which were found extracting sand from the seashore have been raided by the Ullal Police. In this raid, about 30 loads of sand weighing upto 90 tonnes and 16 boats have been seized. The police had conducted raids on two locations in the area-near to Sasihitlu’s Kademogaru Jama Masjid of Talapadi village and Ferry Road. The four accused are said to be absconding.
The accused are Talapady resident Haneef, Shakeel, Raghunath and Sudheer.
The sand is said to be extracted and shifted from Bettampady seashore to Sasihitlu and Ferry Road units. The sand extracted is also said to be transported to Kerala, through a tipper.
On a definite tip-off, the police have conducted a raid and have lifted the boats that were anchored in the water, through a crane.
The Mining and Geology Department officers were found to reach the spot late. The officers had reached the spot in the evening after the police had seized all the equipment and vehicles.
The residents of Uchila have alleged that the sand extraction at Uchila-Someshwar is the prime reason for sea erosion. The residents also said that tonnes of sand have been extracted and nobody was ready to file a complaint regarding the same.
The police have suspected that big boats might have been hidden underwater using huge rocks. It is also said that the accused might have got a hint of the raid.
The villagers and the nearby residents were enraged by the frequent movement of tipper to and fro. Also, it is reported that a child had narrowly escaped death from the pickup vehicle which was about to ram into it. Talapady-Kodemagaru-Ferry road is said to be a residential area, where people were distressed by the movement of tippers.
Ullal Police Station Inspector Gopalkrishna K R had led the team. The team included PSIs Vinayak Thorgal and Gurappa Kanthi, ASIs Radhakrishna and Vishwanath Rai and staff namely Dinesh, Manohar, Ranjith, Lingaraj, Sudarshan, Prashanth, Poorvachar, Ramchandra, Ashok and several others.