Srinagar, May 23 (GNS): A day after ‘assault’ on forest officials by smugglers in Anantnag, Farooq Gillani Chief Conservator of Forests Kashmir conducted detailed tour of South Kashmir forests.
On May 22, an assault on Forest Officials had taken place in Kuthar Range of Anantnag Forest Division, resulting in injuries to a few officials and damage to vehicle.
During the tour he visited Kuthar Range of Anantnag Forest Division where the incident of assault on Forest Officials had taken place and enquired about the health conditions of the officials who had suffered injuries in the attack.
Similarly in Shopian Forest Division, there had been an attack on a Forest official posted as Block Forester Mathwani Block few days back.
The CCF Kashmir vehemently condemned such attacks on forest officials and warned that action under law will be taken on such attackers.
Further there had been reports of some damages to forests during the current lockdown period and assault on forest officials by the timber smugglers.
In order to monitor the measures taken to curb such activities, a detailed review meeting was held with the Officers at Khanabal Anantnag.
The officers present in the meeting were advised to further gear up the activities related to forest protection and timber smugglers besides other elements who are indulging in the forest damages were strongly warned that strict action as warranted under law will be taken against such elements.
The Chief Conservator of Forests Kashmir said that no anti social element will be allowed to take refuge of pandemic by causing damages to forests and despite the hard times being faced by the Forest officials, the employees on the whole are delivering their best to protect the forest wealth.
He however sent strict message that in case of any laxity or otherwise is observed on the part of any forest official, the department will not hesitate to proceed against such official.
The CCF Kashmir advised the staff to intensify the patrolling in the forest areas particularly vulnerable to the activities of timber smugglers. The staff was also advised to strictly adhere to the guidelines issued by the government from time to time in the wake of COVID -19 while performing their duties in the field.
The Chief Conservator of Forests was accompanied by Tawheed Ahmad Deva, Conservator of Forests Kashmir South Circle, Divisional Forest Officers and Deputy Directors of Forest Protection Force of the circle. (GNS)