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Illegal-Beach-MiningUnder the Mines and Minerals Act, 1957, the beaches of Orissa Sand Complex, Manavalakurichi in Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu has been identified as the main monazite bearing area in the country.

It is alleged that since 2014, 2.1 million tons of monazite has disappeared from the shores of India. With allegations being pointed at VV Minerals Mining, the founder of the mining company, Vaikundarajan has come under scrutiny.

While a committee has been put together to investigate the matter; the locals have shown skepticism and requested for a CBI enquiry.

The district collector of Tuticorin, Ashish Kumar, was one of the members looking into the matters. On receiving transfer orders, many pointed out the connection VV Minerals India and the ongoing investigation. Ashish Kumar, however, never even mentioned the link.

While there have been several allegations of illegal sand beach mining against VV Minerals, no hard proof has come to light. VV Mineral Vaikundarajan, who set up the business in late 90s, insists that his company is not involved in any illegal activities.

He continues to offer his support to the investigating committee and hope that justice will prevail soon.

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