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Odisha Minister in Trouble over Illegal Transport of Minerals

Bhubaneswar, Feb 21: Odisha Steel and Mines minister Prafulla Mallick landed in a big trouble after the allegations leveled by the Congress over the illegal transport of minerals for which he paid fine in 1998.

Senior Congress leader Lalatendu Bidyadhar Mohapatra alleged that Prafulla Mallick was involved in the illegal transport of minerals. His truck No. OR-06-2306 was seized by IIC of Parjang for allegedly carrying illegal chromite ore in 1998 for which the leader had paid a fine of Rs 95,000. He had also produced an undertaking signed by him in a court that he will never repeat the mistake.

Reacting on the allegations, Mallick said that he had paid a fine but he was not involved in any illegal mining. He alleged that the truck was hired by a Congress leader for the transport of chromite ore. Since he was the owner of the truck, he was responsible and he paid fine.

The minister claimed that he had not transported the illegal minerals on the truck. Challenging Mohapatra, he said that if he was proved wrong then he will quit politics.


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