COVID-19 lockdown: Illegal coal activities in Upper Assam
TINSUKIA: A coal-laden truck bearing registration number UP 63AT 4506 knock down an electric poleon NH 38 near Makum-Digboi Road junction on Thursday night leaving hundreds of coal-laden trucks including light and emergency vehicles stranded on either side of the road till Friday morning. Surprisingly, Makum police in Tinsukia district even after 12 hours of the accident did not find time to verify the documents! After a brief lull, illegal coal activities in Margherita-Ledu belt surfaced again and did not deter coal mafia to transport illegal coal despite lockdown. Within hours of revised guidelines of MHA on Thursday permitting movement of all trucks to maintaining the supply chain of goods and services across the country during the period of COVID-19 lockdown, the coal mafia in Ledo belt taking advantage of the Order accelerated their activities.
The Makum police when contacted said 'Too busy in clearing the road' and official processes would be taken up soon. Meanwhile, Mausam Baruah general secretary Assam Pradesh Youth Congress Committee, in a press release stated that the State Government must be conniving with the coal mafia else transportation of such bulk illegal coal during lockdown period would not have been possible and has sought clarification from concerned officials.