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Smuggled timber recovered from Awoora forest

12:14 AM Feb 09, 2024 IST | TARIQUE RAHEEM
smuggled timber recovered from awoora forest
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Kupwara, Feb 8: Timber smugglers have axed a deodar tree in Awoora forests in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

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The loss to the green gold has been witnessed in compartment number 2 of Awoora.

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Locals of the area alleged that the practice of illegal cutting of green gold was going on in the area for a long time but the concerned officials were watching as mute spectators.

They alleged that the officials were hand in glove with the timber smugglers.

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An official said that the cost of axed deodar trees would be in lakhs.

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The news came to fore after a video surfaced on social media following which police and the concerned departmental officials rushed to the spot and seized two logs.

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A forest official said that strict action under relevant sections would be initiated against those involved.

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