Illegal coal transportation: Conrad meets state DGP

SHILLONG, Jan 10: Following reports of alleged illegal transportation of coal in the state, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Friday held a review meeting with Director General Police (DGP) R. Chandranathan.

“Thoroughly reviewed and discussed the matter related to allegations of the movement of illegal transportation of coal laden trucks in the State,” Conrad later tweeted.

The Chief Minister also advised the state police chief to initiate necessary measures to curtail such movements and take immediate action in the matter.

Friday’s meeting assumed significance after majority of the coalition partners of the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance(MDA) government, including Cabinet Ministers have raised the issue on the alleged illegal transportation of coal.

It may be mentioned that there were reports which alleged that at Dainadubi in North Garo Hills district, on the night of December 30, 2019 at least Rs. 26000 illegal tax was collected from around 225 coal laden trucks.

The youth wing of the United Democratic Party (UDP) an ally in the MDA coalition government has sought a judicial inquiry into the illegal collection.