Chamba district forest officials have started an operation to check illegal felling of trees and smuggling of timber from the forests of the district.
Since October 29, the operation was carried out in the forest of Chanju village in the Chamba forest division after the locals informed the authorities about the illegal felling in the jungle.
“Several teams were sent to the Chanju forest beat to keep vigil on illegal activities in the area,” said Chamba conservator of forest ARM Reddy, adding that the staff on forest check posts enroute to Chamba and rushed to different forests in and around villages of Dehra and Kadparey in Tikri range.
“While carrying out an intensive operation through the forests on October 29 night, one of the team, headed by probationer indian forest service officer Rahul Rohanae, detected illegal felling of Deodar trees in the forest near Dehra village,” informed Reddy.
The team recovered 10 logs, consisting of 1.53 cubic meter of timber, having market value of `1,10,317.
Reddy said that a case has been registered under relevant sections of the Indian Forest Act 1927, and further investigation was in progress to trace out the offenders. “If required, an FIR would also be lodged with police after preliminary investigations,” said Reddy.