SHILLONG, March 01: Lahkmen Rymbui, the Minister incharge of the Home Department in the State said that he has not received any information of a nexus between militant outfits and coal traders, however he also said that when it come to committing crimes, it cannot be denied that on many occasions criminals usually work with fellow criminals.
On being asked about the emergence and the operations of the militants at the locations where illegal coal mining is present, the Minister said that till now the police have not received a certain information on this, however he also said that if there is truly such outfits involved in crime, the police will take stern action against them.
On the other hand he said that the Government does the best it can to curb coal related criminal activities, however he added that there are many problems still which has arisen due to the lack of police personnels as hundreds of vacant positions in the police force are yet to be filled, the recruitment process for which is currently is ongoing. He said that there are about 1800 vacant positions for SI and constables that are yet to be filled .
He said that it is not possible for the police to do everything while also lauding the work of the police by stating that they have tried their best to eradicate crime and whenever they are informed, they go to the locations where alleged illegal mining is carried out.