Tura, Jan 6: North Garo Hills (NGH) police today apprehended 6 trucks carrying coal illegally through the district during an early morning raid. The incident took place this morning at about 7 am.
The six trucks were first detected near the Thapa Darenchi outpost after they were seen moving suspiciously with a private car escorting them. When they were asked to stop, they speeded up and ran away. The trucks were coming through from the Songsak side in East Garo Hills.
Immediately after the trucks fled, the Resubelpara police state, which falls on the route was informed to apprehend the vehicles. However the first few vehicles managed to flee despite the police setting up a ‘naka’. The rest of the vehicles (6 in number) were caught along with the private car escorting them.
“The vehicles were returning from Gasuapara port in SGH and had gone to Nongalbibra where coal was loaded onto the vehicles. The amounts were very low due to which it was almost undetectable at first. Most of the vehicles were carrying between 500 kgs to about 2 tonnes of coal,” said a highly placed police source.
The trucks were being brought from Nongalbibra to Krishnai in Assam by one Inchanur Hoque.
“They were found to be violating the order of the Supreme Court and a case has been filed accordingly against them,” said superintendent of police, Dr Sacheng Marak.
The trucks apprehended by the police bore registration numbers AS25 DC 6907, AS DC 6914, AS25 DC 6910, AS 01 KC 8852, and two other trucks.
Meanwhile dumped coal was detected on the National Highway 51 near Bajengdoba of the same district which was apparently being dumped into bags for transport. A local from the area stated that he had bought the coal late last year and was only transporting it now. The matter was reported to the NGH police and an investigation into the matter is currently on.