Cattle syndicate: Sonowal directs DGP to take action

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AILTTA general secretary’s revelations wake up Govt from slumber 

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, June 11:A day after All India Livestock Traders and Transporter Association (AILTTA) alleged the existence of a cattle smuggling syndicate in Assam and Meghalaya, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal asked the director general of police (DGP)  Kuladhar Saikia to take strict preventive action if at all syndicate raj is going on in the state.

“In view of the reported news items appeared on a section of media regarding syndicate raj purportedly continuing in the state, Assam chief minister Sonowal asked DGP to take strict preventive action if at all syndicate raj is going on in the state,” a CMO release informed here on Tuesday.

Sonowal said that in an administration where the government has launched an uncompromising tirade against corruption, prevalence of syndicate or any of its manifestations cannot be tolerated.

The chief minister, therefore, in the wake of the reported news items about syndicate raj, asked DGP to act sternly if at all syndicate is going on in the state. He also maintained that in relation to principle of zero tolerance against corruption, the syndicate raj allegedly prevalent during the previous government were completely uprooted.

He also asked DGP to show no leniency if at all syndicate raj is still prevailing in the state.

Addressing a press conference here on Monday, AILTTA general secretary Munna Saikia alleged that members of the syndicate transport livestock, especially cattle illegally to Bangladesh through Assam, Meghalaya and West Bengal borders.

“The syndicate holders bring cattle to Srirampur from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and other states of the country, from where they transport the livestock to 9th mile to smuggle out to Bangladesh,” Saikia said.

“This is an unholy nexus which has been going unabated for the past ten years with the involvement of police and politicians,” Saikia said.

“We have been raising our voice against this syndicate. But no one paid any heed to us.”, the AILTTA general secretary said.

He added that they had informed the government about the illegal cattle smuggling racket, but no action has been initiated by the administration.

“In the last year, the government initiated an inquiry. But there was no outcome,” Saikia also said.

“Whenever we try to raise the issue, our members get death threats from the syndicate holder,” he added.

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