Kokrajhar: At a time when the Assam government and its forest department have been launching initiatives to conserve forest in the state, deforestation activities are on a rise. In such an operation against deforestation and timber smuggling, about 50 logs of timber were seized at Samarpur near Alangi in Assam’s Kokrajhar on Tuesday morning.
The operation was jointly carried out by the anti-corruption & crime investigation front of the Bishmuri police and forest department in the Samarpur area under Gaurang Range of Haltugaon forest division in Kokrajhar district.
During the operation, a store of timber logs was busted and seized which was illegally being set up at Samarpur village near Alangi Bazaar.
The team seized the timber logs (non-sal) that were brought from the deep jungles of Ripu reserve forest. The operation team also seized five bicycles which were used by timber smugglers.
The market value of the logs is said to be approximately Rs 4 lakh.
Forest and environment lovers have expressed unhappiness over the increase of deforestation cases in the region. They have alleged that due to insincerity on the part of department officials concerned, felling of trees and deforestation is increasing.
They have urged the departments concerned and the higher authorities to take bold initiatives to conserve forest in the region. “Strong initiatives against the timber smuggling have been taken to make conservation of the green forests in the region,” said a senior forest official.