Assam Government To Approach CBI For Probing Syndicates

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Syndicates in Assam have been a never-ending problem and in a recent case, Congress MP Pradyut Bordoloi linked Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal with coal syndicate.

In connection with the rising syndicates in Assam, the state government will soon approach Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) once again for taking up the investigation, said Assam Industry and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary.

Addressing a press conference on Monday, Patowary said that in Assam, there is no syndicate now. Reacting to the comment of Pradyut Bordoloi who says that Sonowal is running the coal syndicate, Patowary said, “The Congress is frustrated and so they are trying to politicize the issue. The BJP-led government in Assam had ordered a CBI probe into the allegations of syndicate just two months after taking charge. The government has also requested the CBI to take up the investigation regarding the syndicate.”

Patowary further stated that the BJP-led government had seized 300 trucks carrying illegal coal and arrested 100 people for their involvement in the illegal trade of coal in the year 2018-19. He also said that the government has seized 450 cattle carrying vehicles and arrested 55 people in the month of June itself.

Patowary also challenged Bordoloi to answer regarding the irregularities during the Congress tenure where seven lakh ghost children were recovered as beneficiaries of the scheme under the social welfare department.

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