Serial timber smuggling hauls in Karbi Anglong district

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Guwahati, Dec 12 (UNI) Four truck loads of wood, worth over Rs two lakh, was seized from the deep jungles adjoining Neilalong of Karbi Anglong district.

Yesterday's haul came just days after two similar heists in the hills district.

Karbi Anglong Superintendent of Police Anurag Tanka informed that based on a tip off, a team led by deputy SP (headquarters) L Doungel raided the hideout of the timber smugglers near Neilalong and recovered 140 logs.

The approximate value of the four truck loads of timber, which was about 600 cft and handed over to the state forest department, was over Rs two lakh in the market, Mr Tanka added.

Last week, another truck load of timber was seized near Dillai, which was also handed over to the forest department. On November 30, about 50 cft of timber was detected by the police while being transported through a passenger train at Diphu railway station.

With its dense forests and lack of accessibility, coupled with the security forces' occupation with militants, timber smugglers have found Karbi Anglong a safe haven.

The SP also announced cash rewards for the personnel involved in the recent hauls. This was being viewed as a major incentive to encourage a more pro-active role by the police in checking smuggling.

UNI

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