TURA, Sept 2 - Smuggling of illegal timber cut from the reserve forests near Williamnagar continues unabated. Jengjal police under West Garo Hills district yesterday stopped a group of timber smugglers who were about to load and transport the timber from Bolbokgre area.
The incident took place at about 9 pm yesterday.
After receiving information from sources, Jengjal police swooped down on the spot where the illegal timber was being kept for transportation near Bolbokgre village . However, the criminals who were guarding the logs (12 sal logs measuring 3 feet in diameter and 8 feet long) were able to get away from the police by taking advantage of the darkness.
In order to ensure that the criminals did not return to make another attempt a night guard was kept on duty before the logs were finally handed over this morning to the State Fforest department for further investigation.
Yesterday�s incident follows several incidents last week of illegal smuggling of timber indicating that unscrupulous elements were bent upon forest destruction with the help of some corrupt officials in the administration.