The Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jamnagar police on Wednesday arrested seven persons in connection with the alleged racket of diverting high-quality coal of power company during transit in the district.
“We have booked 35 person in this connection and seven of them were arrested on Wednesday,” an SOG police inspector Ranchhod Hadiya said. The SOG had filed a case of fraud and forgery against the 35, including Jayendra Mungra, son of Congress MLA from Jamnagar Rural Assembly constituency Raghavji Patel, at the Bedi marine police station on Tuesday. Of the seven arrested, Imtiaz Bloch had arranged for four trucks, which were used for diverting coal of the power company, while the rest six were truck drivers, Hadiya, the investigating officer, said.
“Records obtained from weigh-brides near Jamnagar and Morbi have revealed that 1,900 tonnes of coal worth around Rs 74 lakh was thus diverted. While the imported coal coast Rs 4,000 per tonne, those supplied by the accused to the power company came at Rs 1,000 per tonne. So, the accused used to get around Rs 50 per truck,” he said.