IMPHAL: In continuing with its efforts to curb illegal trade in Ukhrul and Kamjong districts, the troops under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South), are keeping a strict vigil on nefarious activities. On 23 Jun 2020, based on a reliable inputs regarding movement of illegal timber, a MVCP was seen at Lambui (Shokvao).
At approx 4:00 PM during routine checking of vehicles, two trucks carrying Pinewood and one truck carrying, likely Tun Wood of foreign origin were stopped for checking, IGAR(S) informed in a press release. It was found that the trucks were carrying illegal timber hidden behind firewood which was loaded on top of timber. All three trucks were well camouflaged with fire wood from all sides in order to slip through check points and illegally being transported to Imphal. No Permit were held by the trucks to carry the same, the IGAR(S) said.
On initial questioning of drivers, it was revealed that two of the trucks bearing number plate MN 01 8729 and MN 01 AA 1839 were coming from Ukhrul and one truck with registration number MN 05 3905 was coming from Kamjong. DFO Ukhrul and the Forest beat Officer at Litan were informed of the same and the trucks were held in custody till handing over to the Forest Beat officer at 12:00 noon on 25 June 2020. The trucks along with the drivers and co-drivers were handed over and the timber worth lakhs, IGAR(S) said.