Two held in syndicate raj at Assam-West Bengal border

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Assam Police has arrested two persons for demanding gunda tax from truckers at Simultapur in Assam- Bengal border.

The accused persons identified as Gobind Saha and Liton Sikdar of Gosaigaon subdivision.

Police has registered a case (468/18) under Indian penal code (IPC).

Police took the accused in their custody for questioning.

Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal on Saturday ordered Chief Secretary of Assam and DGP Kuladhar Saikia to investigate the ongoing syndicate raj in the state.

While the BJP-led Assam government has been combating against corruption and syndicate raj, authorized middlemen are continuing the collections of Dadagiri tax at various Check-gate of border region. They brazenly operate illegal counters at the behest of corrupt officials and politicians.

The Dadagiri tax collectors allegedly operating the syndicate raj at Simultapur.

The truck drivers are forced to pay Dadagiri tax followed by threats if they refuse to comply.

These illegal counters are allegedly operating with the patronage of some officials of the Sales Tax department. Finding no other alternative, truckers accompanied them and pay the Dadagiri taxes.

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