SHILLONG, Jan 3: Amita Sangma, an activist who was assaulted on November 8, last year along with Agnes Kharshiing at Sohshrieh village, East Jaintia Hills district for taking on the issue of illegal coal mining has written to Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, urging him intervene the ban on coal mining is complied with and also to hand over the investigation of their attack to the CBI.
According to Amita, handing over the matter to the CBI would reveal the depth of the nexus between the persons involved.
“The government of Meghalaya is silent on our matter inspite of seeking for CBI inquiry only an independent judicial inquiry can be conducted,” she stated in her letter to the Prime Minister.
She also stated in the letter that illegal mining despite of NGT ban ic carrying on without any stop and is possible due to the connivance and involvement of the entire government machinery including the police.
“Hence in view of this nexus we have no faith in any local investigation or inquiry therefore seeking your intervention to handover the matter to the CBI,” Amita said.
She also said that if the illegal mining could have been stopped as per the NGT ban order the incident where 15 miners trapped inside an illegal coal mine could have been stopped if the duo (Agnes and Amita) were given a chance to follow up the matter in order to reveal the nexus between the government and the coal mafias including the police in helping to carry out illegal mining in the state.
Amita also said that till date only 7 or 8 out of the 40 attackers were arrested. The main accused named by the duo, Nidamon Chullet who is the working president of NPP, Jaintia Hills district surrendered on December 25, last year.