STATE TIMES NEWS BHADARWAH: Tightening the noose around the necks of illegal timber traders, Forest Department officials of Bhadarwah Forest Division (BFD) raided a sawmill on Sunday which was operating discreetly in Bhadarwah town and seized logs worth lakhs of rupees. Acting on a tip-off with regard to illegal sawmill located near Chinar Mohalla on Seri Bazaar-Sartingal Road, a joint operation team of officials including SP Bhadarwah Raj Singh Gouria, Tehsildar Zeeshan Tahir, sleuths of BFD and Forest Protection Force (FPF) headed by DFO Chander Shekhar conducted the raidand seized huge cache of wooden logs from the sawmill. “A number of machinery and wood cutting equipments were also found from the spot and got seized, we completely uprooted the illegally run sawmill,” said Chander Shekhar DFO Bhadarwah. “The illegal saw mill was being run by Nawaz Ganai of Mohalla Haveli and we have registered a case under Indian Forest Act against the culprit,” the officer added. While the officials have sealed the mill, efforts are underway to trace its owner who managed to escape ahead of the raid.
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