33 kgs banned forest produce seized, case registered against Post Office

Excelsior Correspondent
RAMBAN, Sept 15: Forest Department seized around 33 kilograms of nabbed forest produce (nagchatri) from a Jammu bound bus and a case has been registered against Post Office Kishtwar under J&K Forest Act.
As per sources, on reliable information, a Forest Department team led by Range Officer SS Chib and assisted by Forester Harveer Singh and Watchman Riaz Ahmed under the supervision of DFO Batote Safeer Hussain Shah and Conservator Forest TB Singh intercepted a Jammu bound bus bearing registration number JK02BE-9495.
During checking, the forest department team seized 33 kilograms of banned forest produce (nagchatri) from the bus, which was reportedly being sent through Indian Post courier service to Dr Mukesh Kumar, a resident of Meerut and RS International at New Delhi by a person identified as Aftab, a resident of Ward Number 10, District Kishtwar.
The consignment was packed in three sacs and was a part of routine postal material, which was placed in the luggage chamber on the rear of bus.
After bringing the bus to the Batote Post Office for the verification of postal seal, the bus alongwith the passengers were allowed to proceed ahead.
Nobody was arrested but a criminal case was registered against the Post Office Kishtwar under the J&K Forest Act as the connivance of Post Office is suspected.
The herb is used for making aphrodiasics and costs about Rs 2000 per kilograms. Its open sale is prohibited and transportation without permission is banned.

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