Timber smuggling thriving

Rajbiraj, September 7 :

Timber theft has increased in Saptari after the Forest Guards’ Association (FGA) and the Federation of Community Forest User Group (CFUG) went on strike from last Sunday.

The FGA chairman of Saptari Sukharam Thakur admitted that timber smugglers are enjoying a windfall due to employees’ strike.

DFO Arun Kumar Shreevastav, however, claimed that the incidents of timber theft and smuggling have decreased. “Forest guards and rangers are involved in the prevention of theft.”