J&K: Cong MP`s brother arrested for illegal mining

Six people, including the brother of a Congress MP, were arrested for illegal mining in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Kathua: Six people, including the brother of a Congress MP, were on Friday arrested for illegal mining in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.

Sohan Singh, who is the brother of Lal Singh a Congress member of Parliament from Udhampur, was among the six arrested from Sahar Khad riverine belt in Kathua for illegal mining, a police spokesman said.

District Magistrate has already banned mining in river beds in several riverine areas of Kathua and the six held were found carrying out illegal mining within one-kilometre area of national highway and railway bridges, he said.

The five other arrested include Raman, Darshan Singh, Sunil Kumar, Jarinder Kumar and Surjit Singh -- all residents of Kathua district.

Sohan, however, was granted bail from the Chief Judicial Magistrate court.

PTI

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