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4 held in East Jaintia Hills for mining coal

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SHILLONG: On September 11 around 9.30 am, Police detected one Bison Syih, owner of a coal quarry carrying out extraction of coal along with four labourers employed by him – Booden Kara, Arjun Pradhan, Tan Moin Ray and Kumar Tamang – from a coal quarry at Khliehriat in East Jaintia Hills in complete violation of the order issued by the National Green Tribunal.

Police have arrested all the accused.

Meanwhile, rampant violations of the NGT ban on transportation of coal have been reported across the State.

On September 11 around 8 pm, Police detected two trucks (AS-01-EC-5749 & AS-01-EC-2179) driven by Jindra Kumar Jyrwa and Dinesh Rani, respectively, transporting coal at Laitmawsiang under Mawngap Police Outpost in East Khasi Hills in violation of the NGT order. Police have seized both the trucks and arrested the drivers.

Earlier on September 10, while on vehicle checking duty, Police detected one coal-laden truck (ML-05D-7902) driven by Spendingson L Mawlong at Mairang Mission in West Khasi Hills. Police arrested the driver and the owner of the vehicle, one Synshar Nonglang, and also seized the truck.

On September 11, B.J. Kharshandy, Extra Assistant Commissioner, West Jaintia Hills, lodged a complaint at Jowai PS that during their surprise vehicle checking duty, Police detected three coal-laden trucks violating the NGT order. The drivers were arrested and the trucks seized.

Meanwhile, M.A. Challam, Extra Assistant Commissioner, West Khasi Hills, lodged a complaint at Nongstoin PS that on September 11 around 1 am, while on vehicle checking duty, Police detected one coal-laden truck (AS-01-DD-0075) at Porsohsat in the district in violation of NGT order. The driver and owner of the truck were arrested while the vehicle was seized.

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