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Cong reiterates need for independent probe into illegal coal mining

Shillong, June 19: The Congress has yet again demanded an independent inquiry into the illegal coal mining and transportation.

Leader of Opposition Mukul Sangma told reporters on Saturday that unless there is an independent inquiry by an outside agency which is not under the control of the state government, the truth will not be uncovered.

“The perpetrators will not be brought to book, they will all go scot free…it will also remain as a precedence,” Sangma said after the CLP meeting.

His response is in the wake of Krem Ule mine mishap.

According to Sangma, illegal coal mining is going on even during Covid-19 pandemic related challenges while the state government is adopting a denial strategy.

“The prompt denial mode is one of the modus operandi that they have transcripted. They continue to do so as they have scripted it so well, they can’t deviate from there also…It is more like a drama, whatever they are saying it is like a drama, it has been well scripted, they can’t speak other than that, they will confine in that only as their priority is something else and to camouflage those priorities which are against the interest of the state, they have to continue speaking what have already been formatted in their whole transcripted version of the modus operandi,” he said.

Sangma wanted to know from the Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police of South Garo Hills and the officer in-charge of Nongalbibra about the numbers of coal loaded trucks plying through the Gasuapara land custom station.

“Just ring them up– this is happening. While we are focused on fighting this pandemic, the focus of the government is somewhere else, I am sorry, not to enrich the state but to enrich somebody against the interest of the people and the state,”he said.

Sangma also claimed that he has photographs (GPS coordinates) of trucks taken at certain locations in Garo Hills which are transporting coal through Gasuapara land custom station. “The notification states that these consignments are coming from outside the state and not from South Garo Hills – this is another modus operandi. They cannot deviate from the scripted modus operandi because it is well scripted,” he said.

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