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TURA | Feb 5:

An FIR has been filed against a group of people over allegations of selling fake challans for transportation of coal. The FIR was filed by activist Kingstone Bolwari at the Sadar PS in Shillong this afternoon.

According to the FIR, one Kyrshan of Nongstoin (WKH) and  Deovolenty Pohthmi (alias Kheinduh) of EKH have been selling these fake challans for the transportation of coal that was auctioned in South Garo Hills between Dec 12-16.

The coal is the recently auctioned coal in the villages of Pathalgittim, Rongding Awe, Rongsa Awe, Garegittim, Agrengittim and Jadigittim in SGH district after they were found lying unclaimed by the district administration.

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The challans for one George S Marak, who was one of the winning bidders, were apparently faked by the two miscreants. The challans were apparently being used to transport coal through Shallang in WKH and Dainadubi in NGH.

“The purpose of issuing challan to the successful bidder is to generate revenue for the state of Meghalaya as the transporter pays for the challans before coal is transported. For their personal monetary benefit, the above persons were indulging in this illegal business. I demand that such acts are stopped immediately and the culprits booked as per law,” said the activist in the FIR.

Interestingly, quite a few people apparently bought challans from the duo but returned them when they came to know that the documents were fake in nature.

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Kingstone further added that he was surprised that the fake challans were being supplied by the ‘criminals’ in the name of bid winner.

He further added that there had been a delay in filing FIRs as there was need to verify the details before seeking police help on the matter.

“It is clear that these acts and actions are clear violation of rules and are against the order of the Supreme Court and also against the provision of Mineral Resources Act, 1957,” he added.

A similar complaint was earlier also lodged with the DMR in Shillong.

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