Bokaro police seized more than 50 bicycles loaded with illegal coal worth Rs 50,000 during a raid at Narki Road under the Bokaro Thermal police station on Sunday.
However, no one was arrested as the pilferers, who were ferrying the smuggled coal, fled, leaving behind the cycles on the road by the time police arrived.
The seizure comes about a week after coal belt DIG Lakshman Prasad Singh ordered a crackdown on coal smugglers. BTPS police station officer in charge Ashok Ram led the raid around 8am. Police have returned the coal to Central Coalfields Limited (CCL).
“Instructions had been issued to both Dhanbad SP Ravi Kant Dhan and Bokaro SP Kuldeep Dwivedi to take strict action against coal smuggling. The latest raid was carried out in keeping with that order,” DIG Singh told The Telegraph.
According to sources, illegal coal is smuggled from Govindpur and Swang colliery of CCL’s Kathara area on bicycles daily. The coal is stocked in the deep jungles of Naxalite-hit Kanjkiro, Burgadih and Kosi, located about 10km away, and later taken to Sasaram in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh through BTPS-IL-Nayamore road and BTPS-Nawadih-Dumri road.