Meghalaya: GHADC forest team escapes trap set by suspected timber smugglers in Garo Hills

The incident comes after department officials seized an illegal mini truck with timber near Batabari village under the Phulbari police station on December 4.
Meghalaya: GHADC forest team escapes trap set by suspected timber smugglers in Garo Hills

TURA:

A group of miscreants, allegedly belonging to a group of local timber smugglers, set up a roadblock in the middle of the road to attack two personnel from the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) Forest department of Phulbari Range in West Garo Hills, on December 5.

The incident comes after department officials seized an illegal mini truck with timber near Batabari village under the Phulbari police station on December 4.

According to information received, GHADC staff from Balachanda and the Phulbari range had been on patrolling duty after receiving information about the movement of illegal timber along the road to Rajabala from Batabari in West Garo Hills.

The vehicle (ML 08G 1640) was stopped by the officials and was found to be carrying timber without valid papers.

The GHADC officials then seized the said vehicle along with the timber, which would go to the various sawmills under Phersakandi, about 15 km from Phulbari. The seized timber was brought to the GHADC—Phulbari Range office, and a complaint registered.

After office hours, when two of the employees, namely Bestone R Marak and Monu G Momin, were on their way home towards Batabari, a roadblock had been set up on the road using timber logs while many, allegedly from the same group whose timber was seized, waited by the roadside with huge stones and bricks in hand.

“We somehow navigated through the barricade and saved ourselves before any attack could take place on us. If the miscreants had caught us, we would probably be dead,” added the two employees.

A case has been registered, and an investigation into the matter is currently on, Superintendent of police of West Garo Hills, Dr MGR Kumar said.

(Edited by Laxmi Chyrmang)

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