Sopore, Nov 02 : In a major anti-encroachment drive, the kamraj forest division claimed to have retrieved around 500 kanals of forest land, which as per the officials was illegally occupied by the locals and bhang cultivators at Trimukhan top of Kamraj forest division in north Kashmir.
Officials of the department told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that Zahid Moghul, DFO Kamraj Forest Division led joint team of forest Territorial ranges, police and Forest Protection Force was deputed on Sunday to Trimukhan top of Kandi forest range in Sopore to remove encroachments.
He said that the team was constituted by Conservator of Forests, Irfan Rasool in which several officers including Range officers of Kandi range Sopore and Rajwar range were deputed to organize and coordinate the operation.
During the operation, around 500 Kanals of encroached forest land was retrieved. As per reports, the forest team was met with resistance from locals in which several forest employees including Range officer of Rajwar forest range sustained injuries.
The team also dismantled 50 sheds and also removed fence lines set up by encroachers in the area—(KNO)