Sambalpur: The Forest Wing of Sambalpur Vigilance Division, with the assistance of Vigilance Officials and Local Forest Staff of Sambalpur Forest Division today seized two illegal sawmills.
The Forest and Vigilance personnel conducted surprise raids at Cheruapada, under Khetrajpur police limits in Sambalpur district.
According to officials, Timber (Sal & Firewood) measuring 112.60 cfts. along with machinery and accessories total worth Rs.3,70,000/- approximately, has been seized in the raid.
In this connection, two Forest Cases have been booked vide UDC No.10 & 11 of 2020-21 of Town Range, Sambalpur Forest Division. However, there was no mention of any arrests made by the teams.
On the other hand, alert citizens have questioned that how the illegal sawmills were getting electricity connection? And what the intelligence wing of forest dept doing beforehand?