Mahendranagar, January 21:

Timber-smuggling has been controlled after the launch of a special campaign against land mafiass and wood smugglers, the Kanchanpur District Forest Office (DFO) says. In the course of 45 days, the Kanchanpur DFO detained 17 persons on the charge of smuggling timber. The Kanchanpur district court sent three of the detained - Hari Prasad Chaudhari, Kaliram Chaudhari and Ballu Rana of southern Kanchanpur - to prison on Thursday, district forest officer Devi Sharma Tripathi said. Timber-smuggling has been controlled in the Laljhadi forest after the launch of the campaign, Tripathi said, adding 17 persons were arrested within 45 days.