Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong on Wednesday claimed that the movement of trucks is legal.
Speaking to reporters, Tynsong said, “Where is the illegal transportation of coal now that the auction has taken place? You knew it well that the process has been done by the Coal India Limited (CIL). Not less than 1 lakh metric tons out of almost 32 lakh metric tons of coal has been auctioned and people who got the challan and their trucks are plying on the roads. The movement of trucks is legal as per the challan.”
He said very soon the auctioning process will also start for West Khasi Hills and Garo Hills after completion of the process in Jaintia Hills.
When asked, Tynsong said police cannot refuse to register an FIR. “It is also their (NGO which recently detected illegal trucks) duty to follow it up as police cannot just refuse to register an FIR whether it is according to challan or no challan or no paper,” the deputy chief minister said.