Meghalaya police on Friday denied the allegations of ‘unnecessarily targeting’ the Bangladesh bound boulder-laden trucks from Bhutan and clarified that the trucks were being send back because they entered the state without making ‘due intimation’ to the administration.
Police also said that plying of boulder laden Bhutanese trucks were stopped via Tura-Paikan-Dalu NH following the cases of rash driving by the drivers of these trucks and carrying boulders beyond permissible limits in gross violation of MV Act.
Referring to a Northeast Now report, the West Garo Hills police in a statement said that in view of the allegations of carrying excessive tonnage of boulders violating existing laws and MV Act, Bhutanese trucks were subjected to weighing at weigh bridge at Dalu in presence of the officials of district administration, police, forest and transport and during the process the trucks were found carrying boulders beyond permissible limits in gross violation of MV Act rules.
Following the incident, a delegation of Bhutanese traders along officials of Bhutan consulate visited west Garo Hills district, who were explained the problem concerned.
According to West Grao Hills police, after discussion with the district administration, the team agreed to stop transportation of boulder until anomalies are corrected.
They had also told West Garo Hills district administration that intimation would be made to them and the process would be properly coordinated before beginning the transportation of boulders.
However, on July 4, 30 Bhutanese trucks carrying boulders entered Meghalaya via Tura-Paikan-Dalu without making any intimation to the district administration, police said, adding they hand to send them back as the process was not followed.