llegal clearance of forest in Bhaderwah, JCB seized

The Forest team from Bhaderwah Division today foiled a major attempt of illegal clearance of forest through forest in Narnoo Darnga area (Compartment 66 ) of Bhaderwah Block of Neeru Range.The team after receiving inputs rushed to the area and seized one JCB from the spot in the wee hours but drivers and his cleaners along with other persons escaped from the spot taking the advantage of darkness .Official sources said that DFO Bhaderwah T B Singh came to know that some unscrupulous elements have started construction of a road during the wee hours in Narnoo Dranga area.
A team of Forest officials led by forester Haroon Khan and Shafer Iqbal rushed to the spot and the JCB machine engaged for the construction was seized. However, persons involved in the offence managed to flee under the cover of darkness. Before the Forest team could reach the spot the miscreants had managed to construct nearly some mt of path in forest land and also damaged saplings in the process.
The operation was carried out under the supervision of DFO Bhaderwah T B Singh .When contacted, DFO said that due to the swift action of the department a major damage to the forests was averted as these men were stopped just short of entering thick forest.
He informed a case against the owner of the JCB under Sec 2 of J&K Forest Conservation Act and Sec 6 of J&K Forest Act registered and a man hunt has been launched to nab the owner of the JCB . DFO also informed that the flying squad of forest department foiled yet another attempt to encroach forest land in the Padri area of Bhaderwah .”After a getting a tip off, our forest guards of flying squad , reached the spot.
They were surprised to find that the encroachers were all armed. Despite being unarmed, the forest officials put up a brave front and finally compelled the encroachers to leave the spot after a four-hour stand-off,” Divisional Forest Officer Bhaderwah T B Singh told .
He said the forest department has informed the police about the encroachment attempt in Padri area and requested them to register an FIR against the accused. “We will not tolerate any such activity and out forest guards will do their best to prevent any kind of encrachment bid in the forest area,” he said.

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