MARGHERITA: Wanna dig out money? Come to Margherita and see how the land of black gold had turned into a den of coal mafias.
Despite the country wide ban on coal mining in force, a section of smugglers has been at work with direct or indirect support by police and forest officials' not to speak of the powerful political leaders these days.
Addressing a press conference, the KMSS student wing leader Lakhyajyoti Gogoi said defying the apex court order coal worth ₹4 crore is being illegally extracted and sent from Margherita on every passing day.
Apart from the denuding the forest areas, the ongoing illegal coal mining has been incurring loss of thousands of crores of rupees for the government.
These activities, said Hazarika, has been continuing not without the knowledge of the police higher ups and forest authority.
Gogoi said the smugglers have hired many workers from Goalpara, Nepal and Tamil Nadu to deploy in coal extraction in Tinkupani, Guldini, Paharpuri Phaneng, Lalpahar, Makumpani, Namtok to keep smuggling coal.
“It suggests both direct and indirect patronage of the police in this nefarious coal smuggling. We demand immediate police action failing which we are bound go for a massive agitation,” said Gogoi.