Forest Department seizes illicit timber in Shopian

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SHOPIAN — Taking advantage of the ongoing lockdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak, timber smugglers in Kashmir are having a field day.

For the past two months, there has been rampant felling of pine trees in different forest ranges, particularly in south Kashmir.

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After receiving specific information about the timber being smuggled from Shopian Forest Range to Romshi Forest Range, a forest team led by Range Officer Romshi conducted searches and traced smuggled timber including 7 sleepers. “A formal FIR has been lodged in this regard.”

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Range Officer, Romshi Range while applauding the efforts of forest officials working even in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic said that it was indeed a commendable job done by team of Romshi Range Shopian Forest Division, which has sent a clear message to timber smugglers that they won’t be spared for their illegal acts.

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