Kashmir: Gov promises to go after illegal loggers

Admitting that there is a big mafia behind timber smuggling in Beeru Rafiabad and Kupwara forests, the Minister for Forests, Mian Altaf told Rising Kashmir that the government is mulling a plan to deal with the timber smugglers and to end further deforestation.

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“Forest Protection Force (FPF) is already on the job but we will
directly involve Police to deal with the menace. We will ask the
Director General of Police (DGP) to deploy large contingents of Police
in the areas where timber smuggling is taking place,” the Forest
Minister said. “We will give a report to the DGP stating the locations
from where we have got reports of cutting of trees and smuggling, and
the number of policemen required for the job.

We believe Police will play an important role in arresting the timber smugglers and to
prevent further deforestation,” he added. He said that the FPF has already started a manhunt to catch hold the smugglers in Beeru and Rafiabad. “I have come to know that there is a big mafia behind timber smuggling.

Crushing this mafia is a bit difficult but I hope with the help of Police we will soon be able to arrest all timber smugglers and their bosses,” Altaf said. The Minister said FPF will be laced with latest weaponry and gadgets so that they can set a trap during night to arrest the people who take advantage of darkness and cut the precious trees especially Deodar.

“We will also increase the strength of FPF so that timber smuggling ends once for all,” Altaf said. Meanwhile, an FPF official, wishing not to be named, alleged that there were some officials in the State Forest Department (SFD) who are hand-in-glove with the timber smugglers.

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Comments (1)

dr khazirNovember 28th, 2009 at 11:34 am

if we are to stop timber smuggling,the army must stop cutting duadars as local people have no access to our forest.infact they have to gain access to jungals through army.

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