On Sunday night, at least several coal-laden trucks were intercepted in Jorabat by the police.

As per police sources, these trucks were carrying coal and were intercepted during routine checking.

The trucks were headed towards Beltola in Guwahati but none of the seven intercepted trucks had the papers or permits cleared.

The police said that the trucks were sent back to Meghalaya for not having a permit.

Although the police have not stated if the trucks were overloaded, they said that due to lack of a permit, these trucks were sent back.

None of the trucks were seized.

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The drivers of the trucks said that the consignee had told them they had the permit and were asked to make an “entry” with someone in Assam.

The drivers did not clearly say who they were asked to make the entry with.

It may be mentioned that there have been several allegations about illegal coal trade and syndicates in Assam.

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Sibsagar legislator Akhil Gogoi had earlier alleged that coal and betel nut syndicates in Assam have resumed, and the Chief Minister has given a “green signal” to these syndicates.

Gogoi has claimed that since the Uttar Pradesh elections are approaching, Assam needs to arrange Rs 300 crore, and so the syndicates have been resumed to arrange that money.

While Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that coal trucks from other states transiting through Assam cannot always be intercepted and weighed.

Speaking to the media, Sarma said, “It is not always possible to intercept all trucks passing through Assam. We need to allow the passing of trucks from other states in order to maintain a good relationship with the neighboring states.”

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