Shillong, Feb 20:
The Meghalaya police yesterday seized a total number of 83 trucks carrying coal illegally along the road between Mairang and Mallangkona in West Khasi HIlls and arrested two of the drivers of these trucks.
When contacted, West Khasi Hills SP, Bashan J Laloo today said that the trucks which were seized did not have any valid documents like challan for transportation of these coal.
“It is impossible for the police to keep a tab on the trucks carrying coal since there are so many routes in the district. These trucks which were seized were unlucky since the police got the information on time,” Laloo said.
The West Khasi Hills SP said that it is a huge task for the police since they will now have to arrange for drivers in order to bring out these trucks.
Replying to a query, he said that it will be very difficult to ascertain the destination of these trucks.
It may be mentioned that the illegal transportation of coal continues unabated with new routes “surfacing” in the remote villages of Garo Hills and West Khasi Hills in Meghalaya.
A new route has surfaced recently with locals reporting the plying of coal laden trucks through Mallangkona village under West Khasi Hills (WKH). Sources informed that this village has become the new route for the illegal coal trade. It was reported that between 50-60 trucks lined up to transport the mineral to Assam.