Rafiabad : In a bizarre episode forest department in Rafiabad allegedly has set free the culprits, who were arrested along with illegal timber in mid night hours in north Kashmir’s Rafiabad village.
Reliable sources told Kashmir Despatch that Rafiabad Division of Forest department seized two load carriers loaded with illegal timber during night hours at two different locations in Rafiabad village , however department has set free drivers of seized vehicles after local politician interfere in this matter.
The department acted on a specific information and seized two vehicles at two different locations which were coming from an unknown location in Rafiabad region officials in forest department confirmed to Kashmir Despatch.
Officials added that department seized one vehicle with bearing registration number JK0GA 9988 at Nowpora Kalan , while another one with Chasis Number CH 374481 MUZ 991699 at Reban village, officials added.
Ranger officer Rafiabad Abdul Qayoom when contacted denied such information about setting free culprits , he added that the drivers of both vehicles managed to escape before they could be arrested.
Conservator of Forest North Circle Irfan Rasool told this newspaper that we are investigating the matter, added that we will register FIR in this regard.
2015 Kashmir Despatch