GUWAHATI: A letter sent by a person to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi giving details as to how a racket has all along been robbing the government through hawala transactions has literally stirred up the hornet’s nest in Assam. The impact of the letter is such that while the Chief Minister’s Secretariat has sent it (the letter) to the Home and Political Department for appropriate action, the Raj Bhawan has sent the same letter to the DGP (Director General of Police) for doing the needful.
The matter is all about the notorious scam involving illegal transportation of coal, Burmish supari, fertilizer and drugs etc to and from the Northeast, besides circulation of fake currency in the region. The racket, it seems, is all pervasive in the region, including Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Manipur. The person who sent the letter has let the PMO know that papers/documents like TP (transit pass) and GST (Goods Service Tax) are being duplicated at Margherita, Umrangsho, Dima Hasao, Nagaland and Meghalaya. The letter says that businessmen owning coal dumping are also involved in duplicating papers. Such duplication of papers is also done at Basistha and Beltola in Guwahati, the letter says.
Coal dumping owners have teamed up with brokers and are running a syndicate in the Barak Valley and other places in Assam, the letter says.
The letter has mentioned that a particular exporter supplied more than one lakh trucks of coal to Bagladesh, Tripura, Barak Valley, Mizoram and Manipur using fake TP of Nagaland from January 2015 to December 2016.
From 2017 the exporter, according to the letter, roped in government officials and civilians in his team and supplied not less than two lakh trucks of coal to Bangladesh and other States in the Northeast by manipulating IGST, GST, TP and central invoices. The letter has put the loss incurred by the government in the form of revenue at not less than Rs 500 crore. Even as 18 cases have been filed against the syndicate in different police stations in Karimganj district, no action has been taken by the police as yet.
The letter further says that fertilizer from Assam goes to Burma via Mizoram, Manipur and Nagaland. The black money transaction, according to the letter, is made through hawala and the money goes outside India.
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