Indian state government shuts down 43 illegal mines

The Rajasthan state campaign against illegal mining has closed 43 illegal mines since its commencement in 2012, reported the Hindustan Times Monday.

Eight people have been arrested in the Alwar district and 33 vehicles have been seized during the campaign.

State officials discovered in the spring of 2012 that most of the illegal mining was happening on government forest land.

In addition to the 43 successful closures, hundreds of cases of illegal mining across the state have been registered by state officials over the past year.