Ramban: District Magistrate, Ramban, Mussarat Islam Saturday banned the illegal use, sale, and purchase of portable chainsaw cutters (mechanical cutters) in district Ramban.
In this connection an order No DMR/1022-31 issued on December 15 said that the step had been taken to prevent the damage to the trees and illegal felling of trees in forest by forest and timber smugglers which poses a grave threat and challenge for forest protection.
In exercise of powers under Section 144 CrPC, the District Magistrate imposed a ban on the illegal use, sale, possession, and purchase of these portable chainsaw, mechanical cutters as according to his order, its use was a violation of Indian Forest Act, 1927.
In his order, the District Magistrate said that this was necessary considering the situation currently prevailing in the forests of district Ramban with respect to massive damage to green trees by the timber smugglers.
All persons possessing these portable chainsaw cutters have been directed to immediately deposit them in their respective police stations and all DFOs, SHOs, and Range Officers have been asked to ensure its implementation within 7 days.