Pothashang News Service: Imphal, May 11, 2018: 39 Assam Rifles of 28 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) caught four trucks of timber being illegally transported from Joupi to Imphal in Manipur.
The entire seizure was immediately reported to the officials of district forest department, Chandel, and handed over to district Forest Officer (DFO), Imphal after being escorted to Imphal today. The four trucks loaded with illegal timber were found moving from Joupi to Imphal, said a press statement of IGAR (South).
Making a strong note of suspicious movement of trucks at odd hours, 39 Assam Rifles personnel acted promptly and halted the vehicles at Salluk, Chakpikarong, Chandel district. The details of the same was shared with the DFO, Chandel. However due to shortage of manpower and resources the forest officials could not transport the seized timber. DFO Chandel then asked Assam Rfiles its assistance in transporting and escorting the timber to Imphal, said the statement.
Three of the four trucks were subsequently handed over to DFO Imphal. The counting and measuring of size of logs was in progress, said the AR statement.
This was the second time the Assam Rifles catches illegal consignment in a short span of time.