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Under 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 India, the founder of the mining company, Vaikundarajan has come under scrutiny.

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