Tinsukia: Even as Assam Chief Minister insisted they would not allow illegal coal mining in the state, it is clear that the supply of coal continues unabated in Margherita, Tinsukia district.

“…(W)e are firm not to allow any illegal business with the coal produced in Margherita, Dima Hasao, Karbi Anglong etc., in the state. The Mines and Minerals Corporation has allotted extraction of around 35,000 MT of coal from Dima Hasao to private companies by floating tender. The hill district will get the revenue out of this for developmental purposes,” CM Himanta Biswa had said.

However, these comments come at a time when the Tinsukia District Youth Congress issued a memorandum to the deputy commissioner on December 24, 2021, to stop the illegal coal supply.

Tinsukia Youth Congress alleged that the coal mafia is running illegal coal syndicates from Margherita, Bargolai, Ledo, Aradhara, Namtok, Seleki, Tipong areas of the district.

The mafia racket has mentioned managing the forest department, police and trafficking them to different parts of the state.

The mafia racket allegedly collects up to Rs 18,000 from each dumper and up to 50,000 from each truck.

Reacting to the supply of illegal coal, Mantos Maran, secretary of the Bordumsa-Pengeri Regional Committee of the Satra Mukti Sangram Samiti questioned how hundreds of coal trucks were being taken from on the highway the night after the Chief Minister said in the assembly that the illegal Margherita coal supply had been shut down.

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