Police crack whip on illegal groundwater extraction

The city police cracked down on the illegal extraction of groundwater in Nanganallur and seized vehicles used for the purpose.

The Madras High Court had ordered strict punishment under IPC sections dealing with theft to be meted out to those extracting groundwater illegally. It was of the view that the acute water scarcity faced by residents of Chennai and other cities could not be a justification for drawing groundwater illegally from suburban localities.

Following the orders of the High Court, Inspector of Police, Pazhavanthangal, M. Natarajan led a team of police personnel to Poonthottam, Nanganallur, and seized five vehicles — two lorries and three goods carriers — besides booking cases against those involved.

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