DIPHU, May 11: The Karbi Students Union (KSU) and Karbi Anglong Sand Suppliers Association (KASSA) have jointly criticised Sand Mahalders & Suppliers Association (SMSA) adviser Jackson Krama for false charges against the KASSA publicity secretary Longkiri Tisso for illegal selling of sand.
The KSU and KASSA have threatened to fill a defamation case against Kramsa for the false allegation.
It may be noted that several educated unemployed youths of Karbi Anglong are engaged in supplying sand thereby creating their own source of income.
They purchase sand from sand mahalders and supply sand to various destinations including Dimapur, Nagaland. For supporting each other the sand suppliers formed an organisation called KASSA, where Tisso is a publicity secretary.
In a press conference held here at Fishery guest house on Tuesday, the adviser, KASSA, Sar-im Tokbi informing media persons said, “Jackson Kramsa, has blamed Longkiri Tisso for selling sand illegally. Longkiri neither is a sand mahalder nor has his own sand query. By purchasing sand from sand mahalders he only supplies sand. There are 14 checkpoints set-up by the forest department between Bakulai to Lahorijan and without showing TP/challans to the forest staff sand trucks cannot move out.”
“But why Kramsa is levelling false charges against Longkiri is that he (Longkiri) is not entertaining Kramsa’s illegal tax imposition on sand suppliers,” the KASSA adviser Tokbi said.
Tokbi warned Kramsa to clarify on his false allegation against Longkiri at the earliest or else the KSU and KASSA would jointly file a defamation case against Kramsa under Section 499 of IPC.
Longkiri informing media persons said, “Yes Kramsa has branded me and Robinson Hanse as illegal sand sellers.”
“Why Kramsa has branded us as illegal sand sellers because we did not comply with the direction of Kramsa to pay his unauthorised tax. Without any valid proof from Sand Mahalders & Suppliers Association, Kramsa is collecting unauthorised tax amounting to Rs. 2000 per Dumper truck and Rs. 3000 per six wheels’ truck (LP truck). If the unauthorised tax of Kramsa is not entertained by sand suppliers, sand trucks are halted.”
“The unauthorised taxes were collected in a plain slip without having the name and signature of SMSA,” Longkiri informed. KASSA adviser Tokbi also blamed Kramsa and his group of damaging pipes and water pumps used by labourers to extract sand from rivers. “Did the KAAC authority instruct Kramsa to stop labourers from using water pumps for extracting sand from rivers,” Tokbi questioned.
The press conference was attended by general secretary, KASSA, Robinson Hanse.