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BSF troopers caught red-handed while felling trees
Correspondent Shillong, Jun 22:
Published on 23 Jun. 2011 12:12 AM IST
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Six Border Security Force (BSF) troopers were caught red-handed while felling Sal trees inside a government reserve forest in the South Garo hills district of Meghalaya, an official said Wednesday.
“A routine forest patrol spotted BSF personnel cutting down Sal (Shorea robusta) trees and loading them in a truck inside Baghmara Reserve Forest,” P.R Marak, the Divisional Forest Officer said.
The forest officer said a show cause notice has been served to Daram Dayal, the constable who was leading the team, to appear before the Forest official at Baghmara.
A volume of 1.487 m3 Sal trees have been seized from the truck inside the Reserve Forest with its number plate painted with diesel and mud to hide its identity,” Marak said.
However, the constable is yet to come forward and record his statement and undertaking further legal proceeding on this matter.
“A further legal proceeding will be pursued in this illegal timber collection and tree felling from reserve forest under Forest Conservation Act 1980” Marak said.
When contacted, the BSF authorities said an internal probe will be conducted to unravel the truth into the illegal felling of trees by the BSF troopers.
“Its news to me my ears and I have no knowledge about it, but an internal probe will be ordered to unravel the fact,” G S Choudhary, the Deputy Inspector of General BSF in-charge Tura range, said.

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