A vehicle loaded with illicit timber, being escorted by Forest Protection Force, was seized by the forest department in frontier district of Kupwara district in north Kashmir.
The timber, allegedly felled in close vicinity of the office of deputy director forest protection force, was seized on the intervening night of October 13 and 14 at around 2.00 a.m.
Sources said Range Officer Naihari Range along with his team, acting on a specific input, seized the truck (JK019A-1861) soon after deodar green tree illicitly felled by unknown smugglers was being taken away from the spot.
The smugglers on sighting the staff escaped from the scene, taking advantage of the darkness and left behind vehicle loaded with two logs (24 Cft and remaining stuff of seven logs– 65 Cft) scattered on the ground which falls in close proximity of the office of deputy director forest protection force at Deedikot area. The sources informed that forest protection force official was escorting the vehicle and they also disappeared from the spot when the raid was carried out.
The vehicle was seized and then brought to seizure depot at Trehgam (Naihari Range office headquarters), they said.
A forest damage case has been registered in Range office Naihari Range and further investigations have been taken up to trace the damage deodars. “The confiscation proceedings have been initiated by the authorized officer (DFO Kehmil),” sources said. (GNS)