The lorries and cars seized by the Coimbatore Rural Police on Sunday. The Coimbatore Rural Police in the small hours of Sunday seized eight trucks for transporting sand illegally to Kerala and two cars that escorted these trucks. Talking to reporters, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Coimbatore Range, B. Bala Naga Devi, said that on instructions from the Inspector-General of Police, West Zone, Pramod Kumar, as many as 14 check posts were strengthened on all roads leading to Kerala. These check posts were functioning under the direct supervision of the Superintendent of Police, Coimbatore Rural District, N. Kannan. On Sunday morning, a team led by Sub-Inspector Gayathri under the supervision of Deputy Superintendent of Police, Valparai, M. Madasamy intercepted eight sand-laden trucks at Kottur Reddiarmedu.
Eight drivers and three cleaners namely D. Jayamurugan, A. Gopal, S. Panjalingam, Pavalamalai Vasagam, M. Muniappan, K. Kamaraj, E. Annadurai, M. Vadivel, D. Jothikannan, K. Thangaraj and P. Senthilkumar were arrested. Owners of these trucks N. Nandakumar, V. Vinoth Kumar, S. Thalapathy and K. Kumaresan who were travelling in two cars escorting the lorries were also arrested and their cars were also seized. This is the first case wherein the owners of the trucks were also being taken into custody, Ms. Bala Naga Devi pointed out. The total value of the trucks, cars and sand seized during the operation was around Rs. 36 lakh. All the 15 accused were remanded to judicial custody. So far, 56 trucks and 600 tonnes of sand have been seized ever since of the formation of the check posts.
The incidents of smuggling rectified spirit, sand and rice across the border had almost been curbed, officials said. When asked about incidents of disturbance along the Tamil Nadu - Kerala border to vehicles bearing Tamil Nadu registration number, Ms. Bala Naga Devi said that no such incidents had come to the notice of the police and said that police personnel along the border areas would be put on total alert. With regard to poll code violation in Thondamuthur, the DIG said that so far five cases had been registered and four persons have been taken into custody.