Tura, Dec 6: The rampant continuance of illegal coal mining in South Garo Hills has once again been brought to the fore, with an FIR being filed by former Rongara-Siju MLA Rophul S Marak.
The FIR was filed on Wednesday with the officer in-charge of Nongalbibra police station. According to the FIR, illegally extracted fresh coal continues to be transported and dumped in and around Nongalbibra, Jadigittim, Garegittim, Daramngdura and its adjoining areas despite a total ban on the activity in the whole state by the HC and SC.
“Currently, there is a PIL No 2 of 2022 and other PILs pending in the High Court of Meghalaya with regards to illegal Coal mining and Transportation in the entire State of Meghalaya. However, despite the pending cases, there is no respite or stopping of illegal coal mining and transportation especially at Nongalbibra and its adjoining areas,” Marak said, in the FIR.
Marak in the FIR urged the department to register the same and investigate the matter as well as take appropriate actions against those indulged in the illegal activity.
According to Marak, a separate FIR on the matter was also filed on the same day by the Nokma of Garegittim A’king under Nongalbibra at the same police station.