Huge quantity of illegal timber seized in Dibrugarh
The smuggling of illegal timber in Jeypore Forest Range of Dibrugarh Forest Division under Dihing Patkai National Park continues unabated.
TINSUKIA/DIBRUGARH: The smuggling of illegal timber in Jeypore Forest Range of Dibrugarh Forest Division under Dihing Patkai National Park continues unabated.
The seizure of 8 trucks with 62 illegal logs and a crane by the Army during surprise night patrolling on Saturday in the Namsang-Hukanjuri stretch has further confirmed that the valuable Hollong trees were felled within Hukanguri Forest Beat on the Assam side by Arunachali timber smugglers and transported to Arunachal side through the dried Namsang River bed that demarcates the Assam-Arunachal border.
The operation was led by Captain Suraj Rai of Deomali-based 18th Garhwal Rifles in collaboration with Deomali administration of Arunachal Pradesh. The seized items were handed over handed to DFO Deomali for formal lodging of complaints under Forest acts and other due procedures, said an Army source, adding that the logging activities had become a menace and a budding ground for underground militant activities.
Preceding to this incident, the forest officials of Jeypore Forest Range recovered as many as 20 plundered mature Hollong trees in Hukanguri forest beat on January 1, allegedly felled by Arunachali intruders and forest officials foiled their bid to lift the logs following exchange of fire on the previous night in which three Arunachali timber smugglers were nabbed with guns and ammunition.
It is suspected that the timbers that were seized by the Army on Saturday were felled during the same period of time in inaccessible areas which the forest officials failed to locate.