Guwahati: The regional front of Asom Jatiya Parishad (AJP) on Wednesday urged the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to set up a high level probe into the illegal cattle Assam smuggling occurred in the state during the last five years.
In a letter to the PM, AJP president and former All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) leader Lurinjyoti Gogoi informed the PM that as per state’s chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma an illegal syndicate of cattle trade worth around Rs 1000 crore per month was operating in the state.
“The NDA government, under the stewardship of Sarbananda Sonowal, functioned in Assam from 2016 – 2021. In five years, the illegal cattle trading and smuggling involved a staggering amount of Rupees 60,000 crores. The illegal trade and smuggling of cows on such a huge scale merits a high level enquiry to unearth the truth and the operators,” the AJP letter said.
It added that since the present chief minister was also minister in the state Congress ministry from 2006 to 2016, Sarma might had knowledge of the illegal trade and smuggling of cows in that period too. The period from 2006 to 2021 will add up to a scam of an unprecedented amount, the letter added.
“We demand that a high level enquiry should be initiated by a sitting High Court judge to go to the bottom of the whole illegal business. The enquiry is needed to do justice to cow protection in your regime,” said Gogoi.
Assam police have launched a crackdown on illegal cattle smuggling in last couple of months and even encountered a few of the racketeers.