Illegal coal transport continues unabated from Khleriat

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Published: November 13,2020 10:28 AM
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November 13, 2020: There seems to be no end to the illegal coal transportation from Khleriat in Meghalaya to Silchar and Guwahati.

November 13, 2020: There seems to be no end to the illegal coal transportation from Khleriat in Meghalaya to Silchar and Guwahati. It is being alleged that hundreds of coal-laden trucks have been seen moving towards Silchar. A coal mafia- police nexus is suspected behind the movement of hundreds of trucks without valid documents.



While Meghalaya government denies any coal transportation, the ground reality is totally different. Hundreds of coal-laden trucks without any documents are seen waiting for days at Barapani and Jorabat to enter Guwahati. Similar number of trucks can also be found waiting at Malidor to enter Silchar.



These waiting coal-laden trucks with no valid document speak volume of the government's hollow claims. However, for the stringent action taken by the Assam government, these trucks have not been able to enter Assam. The Assam government has become strict in this regard and regular arrests are taking place. In such circumstances, it is to be seen when FIR is lodged against the persons behind this illegal coal transportation.



Questions are also raised on the role of Khleriat SP Deepak Kr Palecha. It is being alleged that the SP is hand in gloves with the coal transporters or else it is not possible for the latter to transport coal at night without valid papers.



Several groups are alleged to be behind this illegal coal transportation that include Tiewfel, Bison, Daniel and some others who time and again have evaded the law. Bison is the elder brother of a powerful minister from Khleriat. Though his name is often linked to the coal syndicate, he never faced any action due to his clout.



One Ahad Chowdhury from Assam has filed complaint against the government. However, he himself is facing an arrest warrant for his involvement in the coal syndicate.



It remains to be seen as to how the Conrad Sangma government handles this contentious issue as in coming days, the issue is going to put the government parroting 'zero tolerance to corruption' slogan in a tight spot.