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February 24, 2015 11:29 pm

Operation ‘Green Star’

147 cases against timber smugglers, 39 horses seized

Budgam: Forest Department has started a drive under operation ‘Green Star’ against the timber smugglers in Pir-Panjal Division of Central Kashmir’s Budgam district by registering around 147 cases against those involved in the act from the last four months.

District Forest Officer, Muhammad Rafiq informed CNS that from last 4 months 147 cases against timber smugglers have been registered in Zugoo block of Sukhnag Range in Pir-Panjal Division of Budgam district. “We have not only registered cases against timber smugglers but also seized 39 horses along with timber from these culprits,” he said.

“While investigating these cases, police have arrested 45 smugglers,” he said adding that the department has achieved big success under operation ‘Green Star’.

Lauding the role of common people, DFO Budgam said that the locals now inform the policemen about the felling of green trees and timber smuggling. “On the information of locals of different areas, we have been able to arrest the people red handed while they were felling the trees and smuggling timber,” he said.

“We have launched a drive against the timber smuggling and felling of green trees across the district and every police station in district has been ordered to act swiftly once there is information about plundering of green gold,” he added. (CNS)


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