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Will curb illicit felling of trees with firm hand: Thakur

Press Trust of India  |  Shimla 

Forest today warned that stringent action would be taken against illicit of trees as he asserted the state government's commitment to eradicate forest, drug, and mining mafia.

The minister, who visited the forest range near Shimla, where 400 trees were illegally felled and assured stringent action against the culprits.

Thakur, accompanied top officers of forest department, interacted with locals who said that illicit of trees was going on for the past three years.

He directed forest department officers to submit a report about illegal of trees within a week.

Following a complaint by that about 400 trees of different species likeBaan, Deodar and Chir (Pine trees) had been illegally felled in Forest Range, a case was registered under various sectionsof the Indian Forest Act and 379 of the at Dhalli Police Station.

On investigations it was found that illicit felling of trees had taken place on governmentand private land at Bhalwog Beat at Range and approximately 400 trees of different species, were lying on the spot.

The police recovered about 300 trunks of felled tree and also recovered timber from the spot and 33 bags of coal from the accused who was named in the FIR.

The of Forests (PCCF) has also ordered an enquiry into the matter but no arrest has been made so far, officials said.

Investigations are in progress and the culprits would be arrested soon, the said.

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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 21:10 IST