JORABAT, Oct 30 - To check illegal coal trade, Basistha police has come down heavily on those involved in the illegal trade in the past few days.
In sustained joint operations conducted by teams of Basistha Police Station and Jorabat Police Outpost led by Basistha ACP Nandita Kakoti, as many as five cases have been registered and 32 vehicles seized in Jorabat area in the last one week.
According to sources, the coal-laden vehicles ply from Meghalaya towards Guwahati through Jorabat without proper documents. Most of these vehicles carry challans only from Beltola to other states and also use fake GST documents.
However, local people tend to say that despite the police drive against those involved in the illegal coal trade, the number of trucks transporting coal has not come down.
According to sources, 100-120 coal-laden trucks from Meghalaya pass through Jorabat daily, but only few are seized, which puts a question mark over the genuineness of the drive.
Assam has become synonymous with the coal trade, but the rising illegal business on the commodity in the State is continuously denting the government�s revenue. Every year the State government incurs losses to the tune of crores of rupees due to this illegal coal trade.