Forest land retrieved from encroachers being fenced

Forest area being fenced in Raika area of Bahu Range.
Forest area being fenced in Raika area of Bahu Range.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Sept 14: The encroached forest land at village Raika in Bahu Range of Jammu Forest Division, which was evicted from the clutches of encroachers is now being fenced during by the team of Forest Department with the Police assistance.
Official sources said that led by Range Officer Bahu, Mohd Nayeem and assisted by Block Officer, Bahu, Anwar Mohd, I/c Block Officer Bajalta Rakesh Dubey, I/c Block Officer Chowadi, Diwakar Singh, with the full support of Police team under the supervision of SDPO East, Rajinder Singh Rahi and SHO Bagh-e-Bahu Sunil Sharma, the whole operation is being supervised by DFO Jammu, Alok Kumar Maurya.
DFO Jammu added that earlier in this area, some miscreants had attacked the joint team of Forest, Police and Revenue in which Forest and Police personnel were injured and vehicles of Forest Department and Deputy Magistrate were also damaged but the Forest Department had successfully freed the encroached area by demolishing the concrete structures.
Keeping in view of this area being prone to encroachment the same was approved for plantation by CCF Jammu Sameer Bharti, and CF East Circle Jammu Samuel Changkija. Accordingly, with the assistance of police force which was supervised by SSP Jammu Tejinder Singh, and Forest Protection Force headed by Dy Director, FPF Jugal Kishore the situation was controlled.
Further, upon the request of Forest Department, Deputy Commissioner Jammu Sushma Chouhan had also deputed Dy Magistrate to tackle law and order situation. DFO Jammu added that SDM South Srikant Balasahib Suse, Tehsildar Bahu Imran Naik, Naib Tehsildar Iqbal Zargar provided full cooperation during the fencing work.
Fencing was completed and approximately 700 Kanal of forest land worth in crores falling in Compartment No. 66/Raika of Raika Beat of Bahu Forest Block falling in village Raika was saved from any further encroachment. Forest field staff was directed to ensure strict vigil in the area to prevent any further encroachment and this is a big achievement of Forest department that highly encroachment prone area was fenced.


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