Forest and Environment Minister Th. Shyamkumar intercepted 14 trucks loaded with logs, illegally brought from Myanmar via Kamjong District in Ukhrul on Wednesday.
The truck drivers who were taking the logs to the neighbouring state of Nagaland possessed fake transit pass.
The trucks ferrying pine wood and kangara wood logs, were intercepted at the Finch Corner, 26 kms from the Ukhrul Town. Shyamkumar was on his way back to Imphal after attending the opening ceremony of Shirui Festival 2017.
Shyamkumar inspected the office of the Beat Forest Officer, Finch Corner under Forest Division Ukhrul. After coming out of the office, Minister Shyamkumar came across 3 trucks with registration number of Nagaland. After driving few meters above the mountain, 11 trucks with registration number of Assam and Nagaland were found seized by DC Kamjong, Armstrong Pame and SP Kamjong, Shri L. Ragui. The documents of truck drivers were seized by the officials.
The minister revisited the office of the Beat Forest Officer, Finch Corner and thoroughly checked the seized documents of the truck drivers along with the DC Kamjong, Armstrong Pame in presence of DFO Ukhrul, Manglem Singh, range officer, SW Siusa and AS Tuishang, deputy ranger. Fake signatures were found in many documents including fake transit pass.
Shyamkumar appreciated Kamjong DC and SP Kamjong for pulling up the trucks which were illegally carrying the logs. He said officers of the forest department need to perform their duty diligently and sincerely so that the department can achieve the set target revenue of Rs 100 crore annually.
Stating that there was information of logs being stock up at the Kamjong district, Shyamkumar warned that no illegal activities will be allowed in the department. He also assured that the department will take up activities to conserve the forest land to check the global warming.
The seized trucks loaded with logs were handed over to the DFO Ukhrul and RO Kamjong for further necessary legal actions. DIPR