Redhakhol: Forest department officials seized 30 wood logs that were being smuggled in an MPV near Baishnavjhuli under the Redhakhol forest range of Sambalpur district yesterday.
The forest personnel arrested a youth identified as Ranjan Behera, a native of Luhapanka under Redhakhol police station limits. During the raid, police also seized the vehicle (Chevrolet Tavera) bearing registration no.OR15J0933.
In another raid in Kutasinga area, three Sal wood logs have been seized along with a saw and one identified as Dhananjay Behera has been arrested along with an axe.
The forest department registered two separate cases and forwarded the accused persons to the court.
While wood smuggling is on the rise in Redhakhol forest range, the forest department are yet to take any action in this regard.