Customs officials bust illegal logging activities

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Sep 13: Sleuths of the Customs Headquarters (Preventive Unit) Shillong and Silchar Customs Preventive Force seized 110 logs of Red Sander (Pterocarpus santalinus) worth Rs 60.22 lakh from Silchar-Mizoram national highway on Wednesday.

Acting on a tip off, the team conducted a joint operation with the assistance of 53 BSF personnel and seized the logs which weighed around 2409 kg, custom officials said.
A case under the provisions of Customs Act, 1962 has been registered, they said.
According to Deputy Commissioner (Hqrs.Prev), IR Kharkongor, initial investigation indicates that the consignment has been transported from South India and was meant for smuggling to Myanmar.
Red Sander has been declared as an endangered species under the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and also listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), he said.
Kharkongor also informed that further investigation of the case is in progress.


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