A notorious timber smuggler was arrested under the Public Safety Act (PSA) in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Monday.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Kamraj, Kupwara, Zahid Aslam said that the timber smuggler Aijaz Ahmad Khan of Haihama, Gutlipora was involved in timber smuggling since 2010 and several cases were registered against him.
“He was several times summoned to Divisional Forest Office Kamraj but never turned up and instead used to intimidate the forest officials,” he said. “His dossier was prepared and sent to Deputy Commissioner Kupwara for taking a final call. On February 25, the DC passed orders for his detention under the stringent PSA.”
Aslam said that some other persons in Kamraj Forest Division were also indulging in timber smuggling and strict action against them too was on the cards.
Khan was subsequently arrested and deported to Kot Bhalwal Jail in Jammu.
This is the first PSA against any timber smuggler in Kupwara district.