DIBRUGARH, Sept 14 - In a major catch, the forest personnel here seized sawn timber worth several lakhs of rupees from two 14-wheel trucks at Dikom, some 16 km from here.
The two timber-laden trucks, bearing registration numbers AS01 GC 2521 and AS01 DC 4845, were coming from Arunachal Pradesh. The trucks had reportedly moved via Namsai, Bordumsa and then Digboi.
Divisional Forest Officer P Terrang told The Assam Tribune that the forest personnel managed to nab one driver as the others involved in the transporting of the illegal timber fled the scene. The trucks were plying on the road with their bodies totally covered.
The trucks contained mostly �B� Class timbers of mixed species. �Exact worth of the seized timber has not been ascertained as the valuation is not over yet,� he said, adding, the forest department was tipped off on Saturday, following which they intercepted the trucks on Sunday and brought these to the Range Office here on Monday.
The main culprits involved in the illegal business have not been identified as the nabbed driver refuses to speak, forest officials said.