11 timber smugglers surrender in Shopian
At least eleven absconding timber smugglers involved in attacks on forest officials surrendered before the forest officials here today. They also submitted an affidavit wherein they solicited that they would not resort to timber smuggling in future, reports said.
Reports said the smugglers had contacted the forest officials expressing their desire to surrender if they were forgiven.
While talking to Greater Kashmir, DFO Shopian Manzoor Ahmad said. "Actually these men were involved in smuggling as well as attacking forest officials. They recently had attacked forest officials. Many cases were registered against them but they were evading arrest."
"However today they voluntarily approached us before surrendering and said that they will surrender if the department forgives them", he said.
"They also gave an affidavit attested by a magistrate, in which they assured that they would never do any illegal work again" he said.
"We have restricted the illegal forest smuggling in the area and six of the accused have been arrested under PSA. Our action has created a sense of fear among the smugglers and they are convinced to surrender and give up the illegal work", he said.