Baramulla: Forest officials seized a vehicle laden with illicit green timber in Rafiabad on Thursday. However smugglers escaped from the spot.
Officials said that 23 cubic feet of green timber were seized from a Tata mobile truck in Markipora Dangiwacha area of Rafiabad. The timber had been cut down by smugglers in upper belt of Rafiabad and was being carried to urban areas.
Officials said they intercepted the vehicle on Thursday night, around 9:30 pm, under the supervision of range officer Rafiabad Abdul Qayoom.
Divisional forest officer (DFO), Mohammad Ayoub Pandith the seized vehicle belongs to one Mushtaq Ahmad of Baramulla “who has several cases, and in past we seized his other two vehicles”.