Forest department officials seize illegal timber

 

Sahil Mir

Srinagar, Nov 20: Due to winters smugglers are taking advantage of snow and cold weather by cutting trees in forests. During the intervening night of 17-18 November 2018 officials of block Mattan seized Kail 9 logs to the tune of 36 cfts from compartment 2 of range Mattan while as FIR vide no 74/2018 dated 19-11-2018 stands lodged in the concerned police station against these 8 smugglers.
Meanwhile, in an anti-eviction drive, the officials of Forest Department, under the supervision of District Forest Officer (DFO) Lidder Forest Division today dismantled 3 kothas and retrieved 20 kanals of forest land in Comptt 17/L block Hapatnar of Mattan Range from encroachers.
The DFO has directed the concerned field staff of their respective ranges to maintain pro-active vigil in the vulnerable compartments by increasing off-road patrolling and “jungle gasht”.