Indian officials who allowed illegal mining will be hanged the Goa region’s government says.
Mines in the region have reportedly been operating without mandatory permissions, with mines department officials allegedly turning a blind eye to the practice.
However, recent opposition from anti-mining activists in the region saw two mines closed and greater scrutiny on corrupt mining officials.
According to IANS, Goa chief minister Digambar Kamat told reporters that “mining officials will have to follow the directives. If they don’t do it, they will be hanged.”
Villagers living near the two mines state that they had been operating in collusion with mines department officials, and had not obtained permission under Water and Air Pollution Acts.
Illegal mining is a major issue in India, with nearly a fifth of all mining production in Goa coming from illegal mines.