Bar Association Bla accuses army of deforestation

Baramulla: The district Bar Association Baramulla Tuesday accused the army of creating ecological imbalance here by cutting down trees in forests.
“Today we are planting tree saplings here but we must know that some locals and army men are involved in deforestation and ecological imbalance in state,” president Bar Association Baramulla, advocate Gulam Mohi-ud-din Wani said while speaking at a function organized by the Forest Department to observe the World Forestry Week.
The event was held in collaboration with district Legal Services Authority (LSA) Baramulla and a plantation drive was launched to mark the beginning one-week celebrations.
Hundreds of employees of forest department, forest protection force, police, army, lawyers, media persons and locals participated in the drive and planted saplings in the district court complex.
“This is not the time to blame each other, this is time to plant trees in our surroundings to save the human lives and to save the environment,” the second officer-in-command 46 RR Kousik said in reaction to Wani’s allegations.
Meanwhile, other speakers highlighted the importance of plants in human lives.
Addressing the gathering, DFO JV division Baramulla Irfan Ali said that the forest department has planted more than 10000 plants in Khadniyar area on March 21.
He said that the department also organized World Water Day workshop in Eco Park Khadniyar. “The department also carried out various tasks to observe the week,” he added.
The first additional and session judge who is also chairman of LSA Baramulla, Raja Shuja’at Ali Khan was the chief guest, while as ADC Baramulla Riyaz Ahmad Wani, mobile magistrate, Munsif Judge, and other senior advocates including Abdul Salam Rather participated in the programme.