Guwahati: Acting on a tip-off, Basistha Police had arrested a person who has been allegedly involved in running Coal Syndicate Raj in the city. He was arrested from Prabhat Apartment in Beltola on Tuesday evening.
The coal mafia was identified as Subham Jain works as a transport operator has been alleged for making fake challans and bills.
Speaking to The Sentinel, Basistha PS, OC, Nabajit Das Baghri said, “Subham is a veteran coal mafia who had been booked under a case bearing number 1224/18 for carrying out illegal coal mining activities without a proper license, he was found evading GST and Income Tax returns as well.”
Police sleuths have been targeting him for many years for his alleged illegal coal mining activities.
Meanwhile, he was taken into police custody for further investigation.
It may also be mentioned there are several surfacing in the media that the few of the police personnel at the border of Assam-Meghalaya are being managed by the coal mafias in collusion with transport officials.
Moreover, overloaded trucks are also given a safe passage for around Rs 1,000 per truck. Normally, an overloaded truck has to pay a fine of Rs 2,000 and an additional Rs 1,000 for each tonne exceeding the permissible limit of 9 tonnes.
Nearly half a dozen such brokers operate in the area through which the coal syndicate has been thriving. The police said a hunt is on to nab all the brokers, most of who have been identified.