60 walnut trees axed in Shopian

At least 60 walnut trees were cut down by some miscreants at Bemnipora village in south Kashmir's Shopian district.
60 walnut trees axed in Shopian
Photo: Mir Iqbal/GK

At least 60 walnut trees were cut down by some miscreants at Bemnipora village in south Kashmir's Shopian district.

The miscreants, taking advantage of darkness and alleged support from concerned officials, not only cut down trees of some farmers of Bemnipora village, but also chopped down two dozen trees in its neighboring village-Avend.

"These people initially chopped more than three dozen trees belonging to some families of the same village (Bemnipora) on the pretext of developing a playground," the affected farmers said, adding that the miscreants were carrying saws and cutters, felling almost 20 trees across a canal.

Wooden logs are spread over some 24 kanals of land from past few days, after administration informed the affected farmers not to touch the chopped trees.

The farmers alleged that the rampant felling went on for hours together even as they informed the district administration and concerned officials.

"We informed Revenue department officials also, but they didn't take any action to stop the miscreants," Shabir Ahmad, one of the affected farmers, said.

Most of the trees, Ahmad said, were more than 70 years old.

Deputy Commissioner Shopian, Ghulam Muhammad Dar told Greater Kashmir that strict action will be taken against the persons found involved in the felling of trees. "I have ordered an inquiry into the illegal act and whosoever is found guilty will be dealt as per law," Dar said.

Dar also said that a case has been already registered in police station Shopian.

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