Police arrest 15 timber smugglers in Sopore forests


Sopore, Jul 21: Police have launched a crackdown against the timber smugglers by arresting fifteen persons during nocturnal raid in Charehaar forest area of Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
Reports said the detained involved in a number of forest smuggling cases in forests of Sopore.
A police officer said that acting on a tip off, police conducted a raid at Charehaar village in Sopore during pre-dawn hours. “During the raid, 15 people involved in timber smuggling were arrested”.
The officer further said that a case under relevant sections of law has been registered and further investigations have been initiated. “Our priority is always to save forests from the smugglers,” he said, adding that the drive will continue against smugglers so that police will be able to put full stop on timber mafia. (GNS)