August 1, 2021

Timber mafia axed 705 ‘royal trees’ in 4 districts

Forest dept. investigation and compilation in different districts beneath means

An ongoing investigation of the Forest Division has discovered that 705 ‘royal timber’, rosewood and teak are categorised so, on land assigned beneath the Kerala Land Task Guidelines, 1964, have been axed in 4 districts within the State.

These timber had been felled by a timber foyer in Wayanad, Thrissur, Malappuram, and Kasaragod districts misinterpreting a authorities order.

Whereas 161 timber, 101 rosewood and 60 teak, had been felled in Wayanad, 509 timber, together with 500 teak and 9 rosewood, had been minimize from Thrissur. As many as 11 every large rosewood and teak had been felled in Kasaragod and 13 teak timber in Malappuram, sources mentioned.

The Forest Division has launched a State-wide probe into the allegation of unlawful felling of reserved timber. The investigation and compilation within the different districts are beneath means, the sources mentioned.

The large felling of endangered tree species comparable to rosewood got here to gentle after a crew of forest officers seized 54 items of rosewood logs value ₹60 lakh from a sawmill at Perumbavoor in Ernakulam on February 9. The logs had been transported from Wayanad after felling it from income pattaya land beneath the quilt of the controversial order issued on October 24, 2020.

The police registered instances towards 68 individuals in reference to the felling of timber in Wayanad and charged them beneath Part 379 (theft) of the Indian Penal Code. The Organic Variety Act, 2002, was additionally not too long ago invoked towards them as per a path of the particular investigation crew constituted by the federal government to probe the scandal.

Judicial probe sought

Congress chief Ramesh Chennithala on Tuesday moved Governor Arif Mohammed Khan demanding a judicial inquiry into the theft of rosewood timber from assigned land in South Muttil village in Wayanad.

In a petition, Mr. Chennithala informed Mr. Khan {that a} cabal of ruling entrance politicians, timber thieves, corrupt officers had robbed the forest wealth beneath cowl of an order that enabled farmers and tribes to promote hardwood timber that they had grown on their land.

(With inputs from Thiruvananthapuram bureau)

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