The accused used to bring the toxic chemicals for dumping it into ground through a bore-well
Palanpur: A massive racket of dumping toxic chemicals into the ground by digging borewell was unearthed by the Mehsana local crime branch in Shohasan village of the distirct over the past week. Four people including owner of a chemical factory have been arrested so far, while two accused who are also owners of chemical units are yet to be arrested.
The accused who have factories in Vapi, used to bring the toxic chemicals for dumping it into ground through a bore-well in Shohasan village of Mehsana, said LCB inspector B H Rathod.
“The poisonous liquid chemical was being transported from Vapi and dumped on private land taken on lease by one Salim Mohammad Vora. We have arrested four persons, while two are yet to be arrested,” said Rathod.
Those arrested include Kishor Thangi, owner chemical factory Trikoot located in at Sarigam village of Vapi in Valsad distrct; Vora, who used to get money for dumping the chemicals; driver of the truck Sanju Yadav and Ankit Patel who was the coordinator.
“This activity is going on from January,” Rathod told TOI adding that the accused have so far dumped 12 tankers.
He added that two other accused involved in the racket, Mehul Patel, a transporter and chemical factory owner Sanjay Sharma.
The accused have been booked for poisoning groundwater table charged under different sections of the IPC like 360, 277, 284, 114 and under Environment Protection Act Section 5 and Water Pollution Act section 24.