Forest officials hurt in attack by timber smugglers in Pulwama

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Pulwama: A number of forest officials were injured in attack by some timber smugglers during wee hours of Saturday in Pulwama district’s Mitrigam area of South Kashmir.

Giving details, officials said that at around 3 am, few timber-laden horses were spotted in Mitrigam. When forest officials from Forest Control Room Pulwama tried to intercept them, they were attacked with stones and sticks. 

In the incident, many of the officials sustained injuries and a vehicle belonging to the forest department was also damaged.

However, the officials succeed in seizing some of the illicit timber which was being taken by the smugglers on horses. “A team has been constituted to ascertain the identity of culprits and FIR shall be lodged in concerned Police Station,” the official said.

Range Officer Romshi hailed the efforts of forest officials and also thanked police officials for their timely response.