Case of 3 trucks seized in illegal timber trade at Umrangso still pending

Haflong Times : December 30,2019

Haflong, December 30, 2019 : The outgoing Ranger of Umrangso Forest, Jaytalal Hojai yesterday  informed that the case of 3 trucks seized in illegal timber trade at Umrangso last year are still pending.

Mr. Hojai stated that he and his staffs had seized 8 (eight) trucks, along with 8 (eight) Nos. of Power Chain Saw Machine in Assam-Meghalaya border last year from New Sangbar, Mirphung, Thanghoi, Lobang, Assam Quari areas.  

The trucks, according to him, belonged to the pine trees smugglers who smuggled pine trees of Umrangso Forest to Meghalaya, without any valid documents. However, some of the trucks were later released after the legal process and imposing of penalty as per the Forest laws from DFO office, West Division, Haflong, while the case of 3 trucks is still pending.

Now, he has been transferred, posted and joined in DFO Office, West Division, Haflong and handed over his former charge to Mr. Phemon Kemprai (Rubi) on 15th Nov 2019. As such, he informs this that any concerned authority or persons may know the case being kept pending.

In his own word, he says, “I was the Ranger incharge of Garampani Range Forest Office from April 2014 to Nov 2019. I was transferred to DFO Office, West Division in Nov 2019 and have officially handed over the Rangeer incharge of Garampani Range to Mr. Phemon Kemprai (Rubi) on 15th Nov 2019. On the day of handing over the charge, 8 (eight) Nos. of Power Chain Saw Machine (Wood cutting Machine ) was handed over to him along with other official records. Photos of which are enclosed herewith.

The incident I would like to highlight is not only about the power machine but the seizing of 8 (eight) trucks of Meghalaya in Assam-Meghalaya border last year by me along with my subordinate forest staff. The trucks belonged to the pine trees smugglers who would smuggle pine trees to Meghalaya. They did not have any valid documents. Some of the trucks were later released after the legal process and imposing of penalty as per the Forest laws from DFO office, West Division. While the case of 3 trucks is still pending. New Sangbar, Mirphung, Thanghoi, Lobang, Assam Quari were the places from the power saw machine and trucks were seized.”