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TURA, Nov 27 - A scribe was attacked last night at an illegal check gate near Damra in Goalpara, Assam by a group manning the gate. The phone of the scribe too was damaged by an assailant who stamped on the phone in a bid to destroy evidence.
The incident happened yesterday at about 9.25 pm when the staff at the check gate was collecting an amount of Rs 1500 from each coal truck plying on the route.
The scribe was on his way to Dudhnoi in Assam from North Garo Hills when his car stopped near Damra due to a huge traffic jam. “When I got off to investigate, I found trucks parked on the road as they were being forced to pay money at the illegal gate. I immediately started to take photos and videos as evidence,” said the scribe.
National Highway 62 goes through the Damra village with about 500 coal trucks plying daily following the Supreme Court allowing transportation of coal since October 1 this year.
Incidentally, an illegal gate was dismantled by the authorities just a few days back. However, the gate magically reappeared two days later, though at a different spot. The claims were made at a press conference called by All Rabha Students’ Union (ARSU) last week.
“After being assaulted, we rushed to the Dudhnoi police station to file an FIR against illegal collection of money at the gate and assault. However, the police were not interested in rushing to the spot,” said the scribe.