FPF dismantles hut inside Pahalgam wildlife zone
‘Will Take Action Against Involved Persons’
Islamabad (Anantnag), Apr 1: The Forest Protection Force on Saturday dismantled the hut made up of more than 1000 cfts of green wood in the wildlife zone at Khilan, Pahalgam.
The FPF officials seized the timber and are going to register a case against the accused and the Wildlife officials for their alleged involvement.
Sources said the officials received information; about the construction of hut only made of thousands of cfts of green wooden logs in compartment number 48 L of wildlife zone Khilan.
“On visiting the spot a team of FPF officials lead by Deputy Director FPF, found the complaint true and took up the matter with wildlife authorities who denied their involvement,” sources said.
They said deputy director FPF ordered the demolition of the hut and today the FPF squad dismantled it and seized the timber measuring about 1020 cft.
Sources further said the well organized nexus between the smugglers and the wildlife officials paved the way for the hut construction. “More than 40 Deodar and Kairoo were felled to extract timber under the nose of wildlife officials,” they said
“The hut had been constructed in the wildlife area, how come the concerned officials would not have been aware,” said an FPF official wishing anonymity.
Sources added that an FIR was excepted to be lodged against the suspected person who had raised the structure and also the involved wildlife officials.
Confirming that the FPF squad seized 1020 cft timber being used for the construction of hut allegedly by a local in the Wildlife zone, the Deputy Director, FFP, Bashir Ahmad Wani said, “Yes we have seized the 1020 cft timber and are going to take appropriate action against the offenders including a local Muhammad Ismail, who reportedly had raised the structure”.
Asked if the case would be registered against wildlife officials, Wani said whosoever would be found involved would be booked.
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