From our Correspondent
KOKRAJHAR, February 4: In their continued efforts, the 16th Bn.SSB stationed at Ranighuli in Kokrajhar and deployed along the open and porous Indo-Bhutan border, successfully seized timber and apprehended seven persons in two different cases at different places near the Indo – Bhutan border.
Sources from the SSB said on Wednesday, based on specific input, joint team of SSB border outpost at Dadgiri and army launched search operation in the area adjacent to the forest of Khungring which is around 15 km from IBB and captured three timber smugglers - Khandura (25), Michal Basumatary (30) and Sukul Singh (50) - on the spot. All the three smugglers are from Bamungaon village under PS Sidli of Chirang district.
The total cost of the seized timber, as evaluated by the forest department, is around Rs 10,64,500. These are the forest areas where timber smuggling is rampant and in the past, the 16th Bn.SSB had successfully carried out intense operation against timber smugglers.
On the other hand, in another case of seizure and apprehension on Wednesday evening, a joint operation was launched by the team of Bn. Hqr. 16 Bn.SSB, Coy. Hqr. Gurubasha along with the officials of the forest office in Runikhata in the area Bamungaon under Sidli Tha which is located around 25 km from IBB, led by SH. A.K.C Singh, commandant 16th Bn. Ranighuli. In the joint operation, SSB and forest officials apprehended four persons and seized one saw mill and large quantities of raw and processed timber in five different locations. As per the evaluation done by the forest department, the total cost of the seized timber is around Rs 40 lakh. The seizures of wooden logs from the villages and closing of saw mill will affect smuggling activities in future. Later, the seized items and apprehended persons were handed over to DFO, Kajalgaon.