Three men were arrested, while their two aides managed to flee, for illegally axing Kikar trees for their valuable wood from the forest area in Bhunerheri, here on Tuesday.
The police also impounded a truck carrying 18 quintals of wood.
The accused have been identified as Lakhwinder Singh, 40; Gurmeet Singh, 38; and Ranbir Singh, 22; all residents of Majipur Dera, Bhunerheri.
Forest guard in-charge Harmel Singh said they were on regular patrolling in the area when they spotted five men axing Kikar trees and loading their wood in a truck. While they managed to nab three of the miscreants, their two aides managed to flee the scene with cutters and other equipment.
They sounded the police who reached the spot and arrested the three accused, besides impounding their truck carrying the wood.
Singh said Kikar wood was widely used for fire work, timber and paper production, and also had various medicinal uses.
A case under Sections 379 (theft) and 411 (dishonestly receiving stolen property) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Sections 6, 9, 27, 29, 39, 50, 51 of the Wildlife Protection Act has been registered. Police said efforts were on to nab the remaining accused.