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Lockdown: Boon or Bane, Smugglers loot Shopian forest compartments at will

As typical, Divisional Forest Officer Shopian claimed that motion will likely be initiated in opposition to Jungle Smugglers

Shopian, Might 15:   The lock down is proving a boon for the jungle smugglers as they’re looting the inexperienced gold at will in size and breadth of Kashmir Valley.

Reviews mentioned that smugglers in numerous compartments of Shopian forests are chopping down tall and inexperienced bushes with none hindrance from the division.

Native sources informed KNT that smugglers have looted and destroyed the Kashmir wealth because the enforcement of this lockdown.

“Smuggling is happening at an alarming price in compartment quantity 27 to 31. Inexperienced lengthy bushes are being reduce down and ferried on horses in broad day mild,” locals of Keller Forest Block mentioned.

A neighborhood activist Chowdhry Showkat Ahmad Kalas mentioned apart from compartment quantity 27 to 31, smugglers have destroyed the inexperienced gold at forest locations like Donaru, Kathohalan, Pehlipora and Gaddar. He mentioned forest staff in addition to official are in deep slumber and have left these forests on the mercy of God.

The native activist mentioned that from previous 20 years, the forest cowl of South Kashmir’s Shopian district has appreciable shrunk in wake of unabated jungle smuggling.

“The complaints you file go to deaf ears. Motion is being taken solely when some smugglers assault forest officers, relaxation you recognize, these officers don’t trouble to cease this smuggling and in reality are hand in glove with these smugglers,” mentioned one other social activist Magray Mansoor to Kashmir Information Belief.

Paradoxically, Divisional Forest Officer Shopian, Muhammad Ayoub admitted that smugglers are making the most of the current lockdown and have chopped down bushes at numerous locations. “Our Area Employees is there and is assessing the injury,” he mentioned including that at totally different locations they’ve recovered smuggled timber from automobiles at totally different places.

As typical, Divisional Forest Officer Shopian claimed that motion will likely be initiated in opposition to Jungle Smugglers. (KNT)

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