Sopore: Sopore Police on Thursday claimed to have arrested 24 forest smugglers from Rampora village of Sopore in north Kashmir.
A senior police official in Sopore while talking to the media said that acting on forest department’s written complaint they arrested 24 forest smugglers and said crackdown against forest smugglers will continue.
He also said that the arrestees are involved in forest smuggling in Kandi forest range area of Sopore which are covered with dense forests.
He added that arrested persons have been booked under different F.I.R No’s 208/2012, 245/2013, 02/2017 and 106/2018 in police post Warpora and further investigation have been taken up and the recoveries were also made from them.
Police identified the arrestees as Rameez Ahmad Lone, Gulzar Ahmad Tantray, Manzoor Ahmad Lone, Ashiq Hussain Tantray, Akhter Lone, Imtiyaz Ahmad Lone, Nssar Ahmad Lone, Shabir Ahmad Lone, Nazir Ahmad Lone, Ghulam Mohd Lone, Jameel Ahmad Lone, Mohmmad Maqbool Lone, Farooq Ahmad Tantray, Nazir Ahmad Ganie, Ab. Qayoom Bhat, Ghulam Mohi-ud-din, Khursheed Ahmad Lone, Irshad Ahmad Lone, Manzoor Ahmad Lone, Mushtaq Ahmad Lone, Abdul Hameed Lone, Mohammad Jamal Lone, Lateef Ahmad Lone, and Mohammad Amin Lone.
It is pertinent to mention here that last month around 17 forest smugglers were arrested by Sopore police. They were all residents of Rajpora village, a neighbouring village of Rampora in Sopore outskirts.
Both Rampura and Rajpora villages are situated in the dense forests under the Kandi forest range sopore.