Allegation of illegal transportation of coal was to divert people’s attention: Rymbui


Shillong Sept 30: Home minister, Lahkmen Rymbui said that the allegation related to illegal transportation of coal was only to divert people’s attention from the cabinet reshuffle in the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government.

Rymbui reacted to allegations that the United Democratic Party (UDP), which is an ally of the MDA, was involved in the alleged illegal activities.

Rymbui is one of three ministers from the UDP. He said that trucks transporting coal based on legal documents cannot be detained, and trucks ferrying coal without documents are illegal.

“As home minister, I have full faith in the police department and my officers,” the home minister said.

Rymbui said that may be the allegation that the UDP is involved was only to divert the attention of the people because the UDP will not reshuffle its ministers, whereas some ministers from other partners of the MDA are discussing and making arrangements among them to change the ministers.

“It may be true, or not true (cabinet reshuffle), but there is an internal arrangement among them,” Rymbui stated.

The state mining and geology department had also framed a scheme to reward an informant at Rs 5000 for providing credible information directly leading to the seizure of coal or vehicles carrying illegal coal.

On Tuesday, deputy chief minister, Prestone Tynsong also said that not all trucks are ferrying coal illegally.

“We are issuing challans to transport only seized coal. Therefore, we cannot say all trucks plying are illegal as some of them ply with legal papers. However there are also some without legal papers, and that is why, a clear instruction has been issued to the deputy commissioners and superintendent of police in this regard,” Tynsong stated.

Tynsong had led a delegation of a group of ministers to the chief minister Conrad K Sangma, after they alleged that illegal transportation of coal had re-surfaced in the state.