Jamankira: Forest department officials last night seized a 407 Tata truck and recovered 19 pieces of Sal wood from the vehicle during a raid in Bamanda forest range under Badarama divison in Jamankira block of Deogarh district.
During the raid, the smugglers managed to give a slip, informed Badarama forest range officer Niladri Nath Sahoo.
Acting on a tip-off about transportation of illegal wood near Badarama Ghati, a joint team of Badarama and Goudapalli forest officers intercepted the vehicle.
On seeing the forest department personnel approaching, the smugglers fled the spot leaving the truck behind. During search, 19 pieces of Sal wood was recovered from the truck.
A case has been registered in this connection while further investigation is underway, Sahoo further said.