Land alloted for National Games, Portuguese Commonwealth Games used for illegal mining.
Several trucks and machinery were confiscated at the land acquired by Goa government to set up a sports city here for National Games 2014, busting an illegal mining racket on government land, police said. Goa police raided the illegal laterite stone mining activity on the land Monday evening after a complaint by the locals.
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Police have booked a case against unknown persons even as the sports ministry initiated an inquiry into the illegal activity on the land. State Sports minister Ramesh Tawadkar said he has asked for a detailed report from the officers. The land measuring 10 lakh sq mt was acquired way back in 2009 for construction of sports city. Two important events – National Games 2014 and Portuguese Commonwealth Games 2013, are planned to be hosted on this land.