Wani Police and crime branch seize eight trucks allegedly transporting coal without paying royalty to the central government.
Yavatmal: After receiving a tip-off from local activists, the Wani Police and LCB initiated this massive crackdown between Mukutban and Wani on Wednesday morning. These trucks allegedly transported illegal coal without paying royalties to the Indian Government. The evasion of GST and subsequent income tax is also suspected by the Yavatmal Police.
Wani local police inspector and investigation officer of the case Pradeep Siraskar confirmed the seizure. “After receiving a tip-off, Wani Police and the local crime branch conducted a joint operation by conducting surprise checks on eight trucks.
We had information that the coal on this truck was being transported illegally without paying the royalty to the central government. We have seized documents from the trucks.
Further investigation will be carried out to find out the trucks belonged to whom and the exact worth of this massive scam.” Siraskar said. The coal recovered from one truck is valued at Rs 20 lakh and 80 thousand while the cumulative value of the eight trucks is expected to be more than Rs 1.70 crore.
According to a Times Now report, Wani Police have confirmed that this massive scam is worth more than Rs 400 crore. The coal was allegedly linked to bs Ispat limited. This illegal coal selling by evading royalty and GST has the potential to hurt the coffers of the central massively and the state government.
Considered to be one of the biggest crackdowns in recent times, the seizures and investigation by Wani Police have sent shockwaves amongst the top bosses of the mining community which are suspected of having political links.
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