Shahkot bypoll: Cong nominee among others booked for illegal sand mining

Hardev Singh Laddi Sherowalia, the Congress candidate for the upcoming Shahkot Assembly bypoll, is among three persons today booked for their alleged involvement in illegal sand mining in Jalandhar, police said.

A case has been registered under the Mines and Mineral (Development and Regulation Act) 1957 against Laddi, Surjeet Singh and Ashwinder Singh at the Mehatpur police station in Jalandhar district, a police official said.

According to complainant Mohan Singh of the CPI (M), Laddi and others were involved in illegal sand mining in panchayat lands of different villages in the district, including Kaimbwali, Baloki and Chakwan in the district.

Police is investigating the matter for further details, Sub Inspector Gurbinder Singh said. Laddi was yesterday announced by the Congress as its candidate for the Shahkot by-election on May 28.

The Shahkot Vidhan Sabha seat fell vacant following the death of the incumbent MLA and senior SAD leader Ajit Singh Kohar.

Meanwhile, opposition AAP leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira has sought immediate arrest of Laddi in the case.

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