Forest Official-Smuggler Nexus Exposed In Bhaderwah Forest Division

Asif Iqbal Naik

Kishtwar

Based on reliable input, during the intervening night of September 14/15, a team of District Police Doda lead by Inspector Gurmeet Singh, SHO Police Station  Bhaderwah intercepted a Truck bearing No. 0653/JK02AS near Domail Bhaderwah and during checking of said truck 226 slippers (126 Dewdar, 64 Koil, 02 Fur ) were recovered and 02 persons namely Gai Singh S/o Lakhmi Chand R/o Bhata Kishtwar (Driver of the truck) and Mohammad Ashraf S/o Mohammad Sikinder R/o Chabba Thathri were arrested on-spot, while the Forester Safir Ahmed who was also in the vehicle fled away from the spot.

According to the police officials,the timber was being smuggled illegally. In this regard a case FIR No. 156/2013 u/s 6/15 Forest Act was registered at Police Station Bhaderwah and investigation has been set into motion.

In a similar drive against the smuggling of forest produce Gushi/Nagchattri Sunday, police on a specific information raided the house of one Rajesh Padha S/o Vidia Sagar Padha R/o Sartingal Bhaderwah and recovered 170 Kgs of Gushi and 09 Kgs of Nagchattri and also arrested the accused. In this connection case FIR No. 157/2013u/s 379 RPC, 6 Forest Act was registered at Police Station Bhaderwah.

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