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NH-62 blockade partial

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By Our Reporter

 SHILLONG: The indefinite road blockade called by two truck operators’ associations along NH-62 in protest against alleged extortion had a partial impact as the district administration maintained steps are being taken to stop illegal activities along the controversial highway.

The All Garo Hills Coal Truck Operators’ Association and the Dobu Nongalbibra Coal Truck Operators’ Association had called for the indefinite road blockade from Friday demanding transfer of an enforcement inspector and his staff who allegedly extort money from the truckers on the route.

While assuring the truckers of taking steps against illegal activities along NH-62, East Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Pravin Bakshi on Friday said, “I have asked the SP to be stringent in dealing with any one obstructing the flow of vehicles.”

Reacting to a query on the alleged involvement of MVIs in extortion from truckers, the DC said, “We have informed the Transport Department to look into the matter and take action accordingly.”

The agitating truckers earlier accused WD Sangma, the Additional District Magistrate, of indulging in extortion activities and demanded that he should not be engaged in the supervision of NH-62 and that all illegal toll gates along the 80-km-long stretch from the coal-rich Nongalbibra to Dainadubi be dismantled.

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