Srinagar, Sep 19 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir police has seized a large quantity of illegal timber from smugglers in north Kashmir.
Superintendent of Police, Handwara, Dr Haseeb Mughal said that incharge police post Zachaldara alongwith police party established a Naka in village Baderkal follwing a tip off that timber smuggler are using the route.
After a long wait, the police party noticed smugglers, coming with illicit timber loaded from compartment number five of baderkal forest, towards the town area.
When challenged, the smugglers identified as Bilal Ahmad Bhat, Ghulam Bhat, Aijaz Ahmad Ganie and Firdous Ahmad Bhat fled away leaving behind the illicit timber.
Dr Mughal said two hand carts and one horse were seized alongwith six logs of timber measuring about 100 square feet, valued approximately Rs two lakh in open market.
A massive hunt has been launched to nab the smugglers, he said.