SHILLONG: The Association for Democracy and Empowerment (ADE) has refuted charges that its president Dalseng Bira Ch Momin was involved in extorting from drivers of dumper trucks that bring in raw materials into Garo Hills.
In a statement issued here on Friday, Momin instead blamed members of the AHAM (A’chik Holistic Awakening Movement) of creating a ruckus on April 3 on NH-51 (in Jengjal area).
The ADE alleged that there was an attempt to commit a robbery on Bhutan trucks carrying boulders for export to Bangladesh.
“The members of AHAM stopped the trucks and demanded Rs 3,000 from each truck. On denial, they took away the keys of the vehicles. These people in two Bolero vehicles bearing registration numbers ML-08 8877 and ML-08 8819 swooped down on the vehicles to extort money,” the ADE alleged.
Momin said that the truck drivers reported the matter to some of the locals of the area who reported the matter to him.
“At that instance, I reported the matter to the police of Rongram Beat House, who caught the perpetrators at Rongram after they fled the scene fearing altercations. Today, they filed an FIR against me because I reported the matter to the police. At the time of the incident, I was at home and not even present on the scene,” the ADE president clarified.
He also challenged the allegation that he was extorting Rs 1,000 per truck and termed the allegations as baseless.
“I am neither a consigner nor the consignee of the said export business. And if I was involved in the harassing the trucks for extortion then why did the manager of the trucks file a case against five members (Kingston Bolwari Marak, John, Huisang Sangma, Sengrak Ch Momin and Sengjrang N Marak and others) of AHAM,” Momin added.
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