6 arrested for illegal tree felling in Kumrat Valley

Commissioner Malakand Riaz Khan Mehsud, while taking action on illegal deforestation, visited Kumrat on Friday and arrested six persons for illegal deforestation and seized two trucks full of timber.

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Commissioner Malakand Riaz Khan Mehsud, while taking action on illegal deforestation, visited Kumrat on Friday and arrested six persons for illegal deforestation and seized two trucks full of timber.

In a statement issued here, Mehsud said that he was on routine inspection visits to the forests in Kalam, Gabral, Badgoi and Thal areas with his personal guard when suddenly he saw six people who were illegally cutting trees and were arrested red handed and seized two trucks full of illegal timber and registered an FIR against them at Thal police station.

Mehsud further said that no one would be spared for damaging the natural environment and biodiversity of the Malakand. It may be mentioned that last month, departmental action was initiated against 25 personnel including two DFOs for their negligence in protecting forests.

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