TURA, Sept 22 - The Achik Youth Council (AYC) today questioned the �continued inaction� of various departments meant to protect the forests of the State. The response followed Friday�s incident in which two innocent persons were critically injured after they were hit by a vehicle carrying illegal timber.
Timber smuggling is rampant, but the authorities are not paying any heed to control it, AYC president Silning D Sangma alleged.
The AYC questioned the role of the police and the Forest department in this regard. It also alleged that many local people are involved in the illegal timber trade.