Police investigation into coal theft case in Korba so far find nothing similar to viral video

IG Bilaspur Range raises several questions including lack of coordination between central forces and district police. 

Korba:A police investigation into alleged theft of coal from an opencast coal mine, said to be managed by South Eastern Coalfield Limited (SECL) in Korba district of Chhattisgarh, so far found nothing similar to a video went viral showing large number of people engaged in stealing coals from the mines. The state government had ordered a probe by senior police officers after the video went viral. 

According to information police did not even receive any complaint from the SECL regarding the coal theft from the said mine, as claimed in the video. The CISF was also deployed here to protect the mine, according to the information. 

SECL, which is a subsidiary of Coal India Limited, told media the other day that the police were examining the video to bring the truth out. 

The social media was abuzzed by the video showing a large number of people collecting coal on a mining site and carrying some stuff, said to be coal. In gunnysacks. The video alleged that it was the opencast Gevra-Dipka coal mine of SECL in Korba district. 

Immediately after the video went viral, Bilapur Range Inspector General of Police Ratanlal Dangi swung into action to appoint the in-charge of anti-crime and cyber unit, Bilaspur as the investigating officer. Meanwhile, Korba SP Bhojram Patel soon attached two inspectors Avinash Singh of Dipka police station and Abhay Singh Bais of Hardibazar police station. 

According to Patel, there was no similarity with what was recorded in the viral video. The location appears different too. The IG had questioned the coordination between the state police and paramilitary forces for security of site and prevention of such thefts at a time when the video was yet to be authenticated. 

The IG questioned as to why the central forces failed to prevent the entry of such a large number of people in the mine, raising further question over coordination between central forces and district police. The IG asked to present a detailed report regarding action taken in present case and case filed by the SECL, theft occurred in pasts if any and role of officials if theft has taken place. Questions were also raised over the deployment of Tripura Rifles and CISF on the mining site. Stung by the allegation, CISF reportedly chased down a few villagers and even beat them for entering in the mines. Sources meanwhile claimed that the incident happened because of infighting within the police department of the state as coal theft in Chhattisgarh on a large scale not a new thing.

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