Some of the coal-laden trucks that were seized by police in Meghalaya’s West Khasi Hills district recently

Shillong: Several questions were raised on why the Meghalaya government has not taken stringent action upon the illegal coal transportation taking place in the state. The government has also been questioned if it is against corruption, then why it found the need to file a petition against the order of the Lokayukta for a CBI probe.

While speaking with EastMojo, Meghalaya home minister Lahkmen Rymbui on Monday said that it was the duty of the state to prevent all illegalities happening in the state.

“I cannot deny the fact that there is nothing happening, something is there and it is our duty to prevent that and that’s why I request each and everybody to be avid of the scenario and see that this illegality should be curbed as much as possible so that it will not bring a bad name to the state,” said Rymbui.

He also said that on Sunday four persons were arrested in Garo hills for smuggling coal. Adding that if there is any illegality, the government will try to find ways and measures on how to stop them.

“Our duty is to see if there is anything and as a home minister take action. When 83 coal-laden trucks were seized, it was public who posted on social media. We cannot post police in every corner of the state. Meghalaya-Assam and Meghalaya-Bangladesh share many border roads and smugglers will try their illegal activities to thrive and find ways. But whenever we get the information we will immediately act on it,” said Rymbui.

Rymbui was firm with the government’s stand that it would deal with a firm hand and there is no ambiguity in that. And wherever any concrete information they will act on it.

When asked why it still feels the need to file a petition against the Lokayukta order for a CBI probe, Rymbui said, “Not for me to comment. Whatever decision regarding the legal issues are done, that has to be done by me. I have to see whatever illegality is happening to curb it.”

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