Minister James Sangma's name surfaces in illegal coal transportation

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Published: October 6,2020 09:50 AM
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October 6, 2020: With the arrest of one Sujit Paul and seizing of two coal-laden trucks at Beltola on Monday night, it has come to light that transport of illegal coal has been going on from Meghalaya

October 6, 2020: With the arrest of one Sujit Paul and seizing of two coal-laden trucks at Beltola on Monday night, it has come to light that transport of illegal coal has been going on from Meghalaya to Guwahati in full swing.



It may be added that Sujit Paul has been accused of illegally being a tout for entry of illegal coal-laden trucks into Assam.



Despite reports of such incidents that have been coming up for a long time, Assam Police has now finally swung into action. Reportedly, 150 trucks had entered into the night on October 5 and only 2 could be arrested which shows the well-mechanized system in place where police complicit cannot be ruled out in such a huge scam.





On the other hand, 650 such trucks have entered on the morning of October 6 - which shows that Chief Minister Office Meghalaya is well informed of all these illegal movements as it is not possible without it.



It is interesting to note that despite NGT, Supreme Court cases illegal coal is being transported without GST and other documents. This has raised a lot of questions.



It has come to light that the whole incident was at the behest of one Mr. Suraj Joshi who is the OSD of James Sangma, Minister of Forests & Environment Department, Information & Public Relations Department, Law Department, Power Department and Taxation, along with other names which include one Brief Dhakar and one Bison Shylla - who also happens to be the brother of a powerful Minister of Khleriat and accused of illegal coal transportation before too but has not been arrested till now, which shows how deep is the rot and how things are being manipulated with no regards to the law.



James was dropped because of this allegation and his name is resurfacing again with connivance of Chief Minister Office.



One fails to understand that if the brother of the present Chief Minister is directly involved in the illegal coal transportation then what and where will the law take its course.



Some NGOs have already taken up the matter and it's time when all these will be placed in the court. It seems the local administration is completely involved in it or else how thousands of trucks are able to pass the state without any document.



It seems the arrest of Sujit Paul has opened the Pandora box of how the Government is directly abetting illegal coal transportation for ill-gotten gains.