IMPHAL, May 18 - Manipur Forest and Environment Minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar intercepted 14 trucks loaded with logs, illegally brought from Myanmar via Kamjong district in State’s Ukhrul district. The truck drivers, carrying fake transit passes, were on their way to the neighbouring Nagaland.
The trucks, carrying pine wood and Kangara wood logs, were intercepted at Finch Corner junction along the Imphal-Ukhrul Highway located about 60 km away from the State capital, reports said.
The incident took place when the Forest Minister, who was returning to Imphal after attending the opening ceremony of the Shirui Festival, came out after inspecting the office of Beat Forest Officer, Finch Corner, on Wednesday.
Minister first came across three trucks bearing Nagaland registration numbers. After driving for few metres, he sighted 11 more trucks with registration numbers of Assam and Nagaland which were found seized by Deputy Commissioner Kamjong Armstrong Pame and SP Kamjong L Ragui. The documents of truck drivers were seized by the officials.
The Minister revisited the office of the Beat Forest Officer, Finch Corner and checked the seized documents of the truck drivers along with DC Kamjong Armstrong in presence of DFO Ukhrul Manglem Singh, wherein he detected fake signatures on the documents besides fake transit pass.
Appreciating Kamjong district officials for catching the trucks which were illegally carrying the logs, the Minister said Forest officers need to perform their duty diligently and sincerely so that the department can achieve the targetted revenue of Rs 100 crore annually.
Stating that there was information of logs being stocked up in Kamjong district, he warned that no illegal activities will be allowed in the department.
Meanwhile, the seized trucks loaded with logs were handed over to DFO Ukhrul and RO Kamjong for necessary action.