Anantnag, Apr 5: Acting swiftly on a specific tip off, Forest Protection employees Salia and Mattan laid naka in Hutmarah compartment number 2L and arrested three smugglers and a driver of a load carrier bearing number JK03A-3425 for carrying illegal timber.
52 cfts of timber including 14 logs were recovered on spot. The smugglers Bilal Khan R/o Seer check, Mumin Khan Alias JCB, R/o Goridraman, Riyaz Khan R /o Rakhi Brah and driver Firdous Wagay were arrested. Load carrier was also seized.
The nakka party was headed by Assistant Director, Forest Protection Force, Lidder Salia Shabir Ahmad Malik and Range Officer Mattan Suhail Unis Shikari on the directions of DFO Lidder Forest Division Dr.Mehraj ud din and Deputy Director, Forest Protection Force Lidder, Dr. Mumtaz Majid Sofi.