Shillong, June 19: The members of the Confederation of Ri Jaiñtia Movement on Tuesday refuted accusations that they were demanding money from truck drivers in the Amlarem and Leshka area.
“We never demanded money; in fact we were on the trail of two trucks that were allegedly carrying cattle to be smuggled to Bangladesh,” president of the Confederation of Ri Jaiñtia Movement,” Wandahun Suchiang told reporters.
It may be mentioned that there were reports that four men namely Damut Bang (38) from Mukhla, Wadahun Suchiang (28) from Raliang, Thermalki Susngi (27) from Nartiang and Pyndapbor Rymbai (30) from Nartiang were extorting money from trucks in the guise of checking smuggling of cattle.
According to Suchiang, on the night of June 15, they were on the trail of two trucks carrying at least 14 to 15 cattle vehicle in each when police thought they were demanding money from truckers and took them to Amlarem police station.
The members of the Confederation of Ri Jaiñtia Movement however expressed surprised that while they were detained in the police station the whereabouts of the cattle became unknown.
Suchiang also said that the organisation has proof in the form of a video that there were actually cattle in the two trucks on the night of June 15.
According to him, the trucks which were carrying cattle on that night had permission to take them only till Demthring village of Amlarem. Suchiang alleged that the cattle were destined for Bangladesh.
Quoting the drivers of the trucks, Suchiang said that these trucks originated from 9 Mile in Assam.
The president of the Confederation of Ri Jaiñtia Movement said that even though they were detained at the police station, they were released after signing a PR bond.