'Illegal Sand Mining, India' for  WIRED :  Indian workers crush stone into sand at an Illegal mine near Raipur Village in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.

'Illegal Sand Mining, India' for WIRED: Indian workers crush stone into sand at an Illegal mine near Raipur Village in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.

 A view of an illegal sand mine on the bank of the Yamuna River in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.

A view of an illegal sand mine on the bank of the Yamuna River in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.

 A view of a construction site in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.

A view of a construction site in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.

 Indian workers wash stone before it is crushed into sand at an Illegal mine near Raipur Village in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Indian workers wash stone before it is crushed into sand at an Illegal mine near Raipur Village in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.

 A street-scene outside the home where Pale Ram Chauhan, a local opposing illegal sand mining, was murdered in Raipur Village, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.

A street-scene outside the home where Pale Ram Chauhan, a local opposing illegal sand mining, was murdered in Raipur Village, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.

 Aakash Chauhan holds a photo of his murdered father, Pale Ram Chauhan, at his home in Raipur Village, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Aakash Chauhan holds a photo of his murdered father, Pale Ram Chauhan, at his home in Raipur Village, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.

 Aakash Chauhan stands at the door of the room where his father, Pale Ram Chauhan, was murdered at his home in Raipur Village, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Aakash Chauhan stands at the door of the room where his father, Pale Ram Chauhan, was murdered at his home in Raipur Village, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.

 Indian workers crush stone into sand at an Illegal mine near Raipur Village in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Indian workers crush stone into sand at an Illegal mine near Raipur Village in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.

 Indian workers dredge sand illegally from the Vaitarna River near Mumbai in Maharashtra, India, 2015.

Indian workers dredge sand illegally from the Vaitarna River near Mumbai in Maharashtra, India, 2015.

 Sand mining boats work illegally on the Thane River near Nagla Bunder Village in Maharashtra, India.

Sand mining boats work illegally on the Thane River near Nagla Bunder Village in Maharashtra, India.

 A truck carrying sand leaves an Illegal sand mine on the bank of the Yamuna River in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.

A truck carrying sand leaves an Illegal sand mine on the bank of the Yamuna River in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.

 An Indian worker packs a truck load of sand at an Illegal mine near Raipur Village in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.

An Indian worker packs a truck load of sand at an Illegal mine near Raipur Village in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.

  'Illegal Sand Mining, India' for  WIRED :  Indian workers crush stone into sand at an Illegal mine near Raipur Village in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.
 A view of an illegal sand mine on the bank of the Yamuna River in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.
 A view of a construction site in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.
 Indian workers wash stone before it is crushed into sand at an Illegal mine near Raipur Village in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.
 A street-scene outside the home where Pale Ram Chauhan, a local opposing illegal sand mining, was murdered in Raipur Village, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.
 Aakash Chauhan holds a photo of his murdered father, Pale Ram Chauhan, at his home in Raipur Village, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.
 Aakash Chauhan stands at the door of the room where his father, Pale Ram Chauhan, was murdered at his home in Raipur Village, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.
 Indian workers crush stone into sand at an Illegal mine near Raipur Village in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.
 Indian workers dredge sand illegally from the Vaitarna River near Mumbai in Maharashtra, India, 2015.
 Sand mining boats work illegally on the Thane River near Nagla Bunder Village in Maharashtra, India.
 A truck carrying sand leaves an Illegal sand mine on the bank of the Yamuna River in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.
 An Indian worker packs a truck load of sand at an Illegal mine near Raipur Village in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.

'Illegal Sand Mining, India' for WIRED: Indian workers crush stone into sand at an Illegal mine near Raipur Village in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.

A view of an illegal sand mine on the bank of the Yamuna River in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.

A view of a construction site in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Indian workers wash stone before it is crushed into sand at an Illegal mine near Raipur Village in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.

A street-scene outside the home where Pale Ram Chauhan, a local opposing illegal sand mining, was murdered in Raipur Village, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Aakash Chauhan holds a photo of his murdered father, Pale Ram Chauhan, at his home in Raipur Village, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Aakash Chauhan stands at the door of the room where his father, Pale Ram Chauhan, was murdered at his home in Raipur Village, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Indian workers crush stone into sand at an Illegal mine near Raipur Village in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Indian workers dredge sand illegally from the Vaitarna River near Mumbai in Maharashtra, India, 2015.

Sand mining boats work illegally on the Thane River near Nagla Bunder Village in Maharashtra, India.

A truck carrying sand leaves an Illegal sand mine on the bank of the Yamuna River in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.

An Indian worker packs a truck load of sand at an Illegal mine near Raipur Village in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.

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