Assam: Illegal timber smuggling: Forest minister Pramila carries out drive, seizes truck

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Acting tough against illegal timber smugglers, a truck carrying illegal timber was seized at Hazaripara in Bilasipara of Dhubri district. Acting on a tip-off Forest minister Pramila Rani Brahma led the operation and intercepted the truck carrying timbers gathered by illegally cutting down trees in forest areas. The market price of the seized timbers stands at Rs 1.40 lakhs. The timbers were brought from Gendabil in Kokrajhar and were supposed to be smuggled to Barpeta. Earlier, the minister offered prayers at various pandals in Fakirgram and conducted the operation at 9:30 pm along with a team of police and forest guards. Soon after apprehending the truck, the minister asserted that the forest department was chalking out plans to act tough against timber smugglers. 

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