Similar incident had taken place on January 25 , wherein two truckers transporting sand illegally had escaped after the Panvel tehsildar office team detained them for inquiry, at Wahal village check point, as they had not paid royalty for sand transportation.
To prevent illegal activity of sand transportation by evading royalty and causing revenue loss to the state exchequer, the Raigad district collector has formed vigilance team of revenue officials. They have been deployed round the clock by setting up royalty checking booths along Uran-Belapur road at Wahal village, Kalamboli T-point junction and under Taloja metro bridge.
On Wednesday morning, the Raigad revenue officials had intercepted a truck heading towards Kalyan, transporting sand excavated from Panvel creek, under Taloja metro bridge. As the truck driver Jaihari Singh was unable to produce the royalty payment receipt and licence for sand mining, the revenue officials asked him to step down the truck for confiscating the sand loaded truck. Soon, some other truckers who were also stopped for checking started arguing with the revenue officials and created a chaos. Taking advantage of the situation, the trucker Jaihari Singh sped away with his sand loaded truck.
On January 25, at around 5 pm, an unidentified trucker had sped in his truck after being told to show sand royalty payment receipt, while the Panvel tehsil officer was noting down his truck’s registration number. Later, around 11 pm, yet another trucker Pradeep Verma was stopped at Wahal check point for transporting sand in a dumper. As the officials were busy checking other trucks, Verma used a spare key with him and sped with the dumper. A FIR was then registered at NRI coastal police station under section 379 (punishment for theft) of the IPC along with Section 48 (7) of Maharashtra Land Revenue Code, 1966 and Section 21 of The Mines and Minerals (Regulation and Development) Act, 1957 for mining without lawful authority and penalty for government tax evasion respectively.