Shillong: Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong on Tuesday said the government will look into the evidence submitted by a Nokma (village head) concerning illegal coal mining activities in Shallang.

Tynsong’s response comes after several questions have been raised asking why is the state government reluctant to initiate a CBI inquiry into the allegations.

Earlier, activist Agnes Kharshiing had also alleged that the government has all the evidence but is hiding them away and is hand in gloves with the illegalities.

Tynsong said, “We will study the documents submitted to the government and will take action accordingly. Whether it should be a CBI inquiry or an independent inquiry…we will take a call.”

However, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said this was just one evidence.  

“To initiate a CBI inquiry based on a single evidence is not the way to move forward. For a CBI inquiry, a process has to be followed. Let that come in and we will see how to move forward,” stated the chief minister.

When asked for his reaction on the Congress and BJP demanding a CBI inquiry, Sangma said that he hasn’t seen any of that information as yet nor has he received anything in writing as of now. He added that the government will “look into it” when the situation arises.  

Kristina G Marak, the Nokma of Nengchigen, located in Meghalaya’s West Khasi Hills District, had filed an FIR against seven persons as well as the police over illegal mining of coal within their clan lands. The Nokma had also submitted pictures and visuals of the rat hole mines in the village.

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