IAS officer Sagayam probing granite mine scam gets life threatening letter

Madurai: Senior IAS officer U Sagayam, appointed by Madras High Court to investigate the multi-crore illegal granite quarrying scam in the district, has received an anonymous life threat, police said on Friday.

Senior IAS officer U Sagayam
Senior IAS officer U Sagayam
Sagayam received an anonymous letter threatening to kill him and had forwarded it to the Police and District Collector.

Security for Sagayam has been increased and his office was guarded by the police already, police said.

Sagayam as the then District Collector of Madurai in 2011 has pegged loss to the state exchequer due to illegal granite quarrying at Rs 16,000 crore over several years.

Meanwhile, Madurai Rural Superintendent of Police Vijendra Bidari today met Sagayam here and briefed him about the steps taken by the Police department on the complaints against granite miners.

Sagayam had forwarded to police all the complaints received by him from the public who were affected by the closing of irrigation channels (by the miners) and dumping of waste in tanks.