Police to file affidavit before the Tribunal today
SHILLONG, May 14: Meghalaya Director General of Police (DGP) Peter James Pyngrope Hanaman on Wednesday assured that police is implementing the National Green Tribunal (NGT) interim order of blanket ban on rat-hole mining and transportation of coal in the state in “letter” and “spirit” with immediate effect till the order is reviewed.
Speaking to reporters here on Wednesday, Hanaman informed that to ensure no one violates the order, prohibitory orders under 144 CrPC, 133 CrPC and 188 IPC will be imposed and warned, “If anybody violates the order legal action will be initiated against the violators.”
He said instructions to all district SPs have been issued besides coordinating with the Deputy Commissioners, respective line departments including District Council to ensure that the NGT order is adhered to.
Though admitting that the ban is going to affect the livelihood of many, he said police will make sure that the order is strictly followed.
The NGT in its order on April 17, 2014, had directed the State Chief Secretary and Director General of Police (DGP) to ensure that rat-hole mining/illegal mining is stopped ‘forthwith’ throughout the state and any illegal transport of coal shall not take place until further orders passed by this tribunal.
The order came after the All Dimasa Students’ Union had moved the tribunal on April 2, contending that illegal rat-hole mining in Jaintia Hills was polluting the Kopili River and turning its water acidic.
“Since the DGP is also a respondent in the order, we have no other option but to comply with the NGT order forthwith,” Hanaman said while informing that police department will be filing its affidavit before the NGT in New Delhi on Thursday.
Informing that department had officially received the certified copy of the NGT only recently on May 9, the DGP however said, following the order issued on April 17, the police department had immediately on April 25 communicated to all SPs on the need to take all logistics required for implementation of the order adding “we will use the available force to the best extent possible”.
Meanwhile, certain quarters have raise concerns that the implication of the NGT order might lead to a law and order scenario in the state including increase in crime rates. Responding to this apprehension, Hanaman said, “We will need to put some mechanism in place to ensure the crime rate remain under control”.
He, however, commented that despite the NGT order, the people especially the coal business community of the state have shown positive response and have taken the order in good spirit as they have to accept it for the time being.