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The Borguli Wildlife Range personnel of D. Ering Wildlife Sanctuary, along with a team from the Mebo Forest Range (territorial), intercepted and damaged two rafts transporting illegal timber via River Siang in between Borguli Wildlife Range and Seram Forest Beat office on December 12 around 1:30 pm.
According to sources, over 109 logs were being ferried in two rafts, which were being pulled by a freighter boat.
As per Wildlife staff Apuram Sisam and Geyang Tayeng, they saw some people carrying the timber logs in a raft via the Siang River when they were crossing the river toward Borguli Wildlife Range.
“As and when we saw the illegal timber logs, we informed Oson Tayeng, Range Forest Officer, Mebo RF and Naning Perme, Range Forest Officer, Borguli Wildlife Range. As per the direction of RFOs, we cut and damaged the raft of logs, but the boat which was pulling the raft fled off, sensing the seizure of the boat,” they said.
However, the wildlife staffs informed that while filing this report, they got warnings and threat calls from the illegal timber smugglers.
“The timber logs owners say that they had fixed up with the officials’ concerned, which means paying money, a bribe to some forest officials,” added the wildlife staff.
“However, we will not tolerate any illegalities in the area,” informed Naning Perme.
While Oson Tayeng, RFO Mebo RF informed that he directed the wildlife staff to damage the seized logs.
“I have directed all my Seram Beat staff to follow up with the illegal timber incident and to take drastic action against the timber smugglers,” said Tayeng.
(Edited by Ladiangti Rani)