Nizamabad Dy. Mayor among 20 booked for teakwood smuggling

126 teakwood logs worth Rs. 16 lakhs seized, 6 arrested

TFP | Muqeem Uddin

Nirmal, Jan 21: The Nirmal Dist. Police under the supervision of SP Shashidhar Raju, C.I John Devakar and C.I M.A Kareem seized 126 teakwood logs about 10 meters worth Rs 16,52,000/- and arrested six persons on Monday.

Addressing the press conference, SP Shashidhar Raju said that an FIR Cr.No. 10/2019 under section 379, 382, 409, 120(B), 307 R/W 34 IPC, Sec.20(I)(C), 29 of T.S Forest Act-1967 & Sec.3 of PDPP Act was registered against A1 Mohd. Wajeed, A2 Samad Khan, A3 Mohd Rafeeq, A4 Rukmala Srinu, A5 Shakeel Pasha, A6 Afzal Khan, A7 Rajender, A8 Saddam, A9 Shaik Hasan, A10 Achu, A11 Sajid, A12 Javeed, A13 Lateef, A14 Gaffar, A15 Hassan, A16 Misbah Baig, A17 Idrees, A18 Faheem, A19 Jabbar Khan and A20 Shaik Ibrahim.

During the investigation, it was established that an illegal business of Teakwood smuggling, dumping the same at the sawmills and converting into furniture was carried out from past 3 years by Afzal Khan Owner of Nizamabad Sawmill), Misbah Baig Owner of Sohel Sawmill, and Nizamabad Dy. Mayor Faheem Owner of Bilal Sawmill.

The notorious criminal gang of Shaik Hasan, Achu, Sajid, Javeed, Lateef, Gaffar, and Hassan used to collect teak logs from the forest area and sales the same to smugglers on low rate.

The Teakwood smugglers Mohd. Wajeed, Samad Khan, Mohd Rafeeq, and Rukmala Srinu used to purchase the illegal teakwood from the Multhanies of Keshavapatnam area of Echoda mandal and transporting the same to the sawmills of Afzal Khan, Misbah Baig and Faheem.

The Utnoor Forest Station Officer (FSO) Rajender, Armed Reserved Sub-Inspector (ARSI) Shakeel Pasha of Nizamabad district and Saddam from Soan Check Post used to coordinate with the smugglers and inform time to time situation about the road clearance and passing the vehicles of smugglers freely through the check posts and helping them in all aspects.

The accused Jabbar Khan and Shaik Ibrahim are the mechanics, used to repair the smuggled vehicles whenever required.

The SP further said that the Nirmal Dist. Police have informed the Nizamabad District Forest Officer (DFO) to seize Nizamabad Sawmill as we have found (10) illegal teakwood logs worth Rs 35,695/- in a tin shed of the sawmill and seized the same under cover of panchanama and the owner Afzal Khan is absconding. We have also requested the Nizamabad DFO to verify other three sawmills i.e. Sohel Sawmill (Owner Mizbah Baig), Deccan Sawmill (Owner Idrees) & Bilal Sawmill (Owner Faheem) about their illegal activities and to take action accordingly.

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