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A police team from Jengjal in West Garo Hills (WGH) on November 30, apprehended a 12 wheeler truck while it was transporting coal illegally allegedly to the state of Assam.
According to WGH police, the incident took place this morning, and a case has been registered, and the Assam registered car that was apparently escorting the truck was also seized.
According to police sources, information was received from credible sources about the movement of a coal truck through Bajengdoba in North Garo Hills from Williamnagar. The truck was destined for Assam.
“An investigation into the matter has been set up and we are gathering more intelligence. All necessary legal formalities have been followed with a case being registered under relevant sections,” said the Superintendent of Police, WGH, Dr MGR Kumar.
Coal from Williamnagar in East Garo Hills mainly comes from the various illegal coal mines that have been set up within the Rongrengre Reserve Forest, near the town of Williamnagar.
Forest and police officials have been trying to ensure the coal pits remain shut, but unscrupulous smugglers have frequently reopened these mines.
(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)