The activists of several students and socio-cultural bodies in Digboi Dhekiajan area intercepted a truck loaded allegedly with illegally procured coal consignment under Digboi police station in eastern Assam’s Tinsukia district late Saturday.
The intercepted truck was later subsequently handed over to police for verifying the exact status of the alleged illegal consignment.
According to sources, the consignment without any valid documents were being transported from Namphai Reserve Forest under Digboi Forest Division which is an extensive illegal rat -hole mining site in Tinsukia district towards its undisclosed destination when the vehicle bearing registration number RJ-14 GC-7439 was intercepted by the students’ bodies.
Meanwhile, acting swiftly, the police started investigating into the matter before asserting the status of the public property in question. However, while the police suspect the case might be of tax evasion alone while the statements of the vehicle staffs contradict.
The vehicle staff had earlier admitted to the local media of having no documents against the trade while the police claim on Sunday of receiving some of the documents from the party concerned.
“I have called upon the attention of the tax department to verify the status of the consignment in question, rest being satisfactory,” said inspector Mahesh Bora of Digboi police station.
“Generating and procuring of documents including challan on back date and online GST payment against the property only after the incident of arrest or apprehension is nothing new in the flourishing trade,” said a Gorkha activist of Pengaree who along with others had held the vehicle.
Meanwhile, investigation is in progress till filling the report.