|4 timber smugglers held in Garo Hills|
TURA, July 29 - West Garo Hills Forest officials last night in a raid at Rongkhon near here, apprehended four repeat offenders of timber smuggling while they were transporting timber in a Tata Sumo vehicle.
“They had brought the timber from Baija Reserve Forest in East Garo Hills,” said Chongkim B Sangma, Forest Ranger, Territorial division, West Garo Hills, who led the raid.
All the accused are from Williamnagar in East Garo Hills and have been identified as repeat offenders. Senior Forest officials say that timber smuggling from different parts of Garo Hills was going on and attempts to check them has failed due to lack of manpower.