Coal-laden trucks seized in East Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya Credit: Meghalaya Police

Shillong: Rampant illegal transportation of coal is taking place in Meghalaya despite assurances by CM Conrad K Sangma-led government to put and end to it. In the latest development, the East Jaintia Hills district police seized 23 coal-laden trucks on Tuesday and Wednesday.

According to Assistant Inspector General of Police GK Iangrai, the police seized 12 trucks on Tuesday at Kuliang, nine trucks at Lumshnong on Wednesday and two trucks at Sonapur-Umkiang which were illegally transporting coal.

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Four different cases under relevant provisions of law have been registered at Lumshnong Police Station.

Earlier, 24 coal-laden trucks were seized at Malidor area. MLA Kyrmen Shylla’s brother Bison Shylla and three others got anticipatory bail while four others were arrested in the case.

The police have recently been making several seizures. On February 20, 83 coal-laden trucks parked in the middle of a jungle near Werang village in Meghalaya’s West Khasi Hills district were seized.

The National Green Tribunal in 2014 had banned illegal coal transportation and rat hole mining. The tragic incident that took place in December 2018, where 15 miners were trapped inside one of the mines in Ksan, brought to light how rampant illegal rat hole mining was taking place in the state.

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