Siliguri, 29th November: In a foiled attempt of smuggling, the Dabgram Range Forest officials of the Baikunthapur Division exposed a pickup van loaded with valuable sal wood concealed under sacks of paddy. Significantly, the arrested driver’s identity has been withheld by the forest department for the duration of the investigation.
Reportedly, acting on a tip-off, the pickup van carrying paddy was pulled over in front of the Dhakeshwari temple adjacent to the Eastern Bypass, as stated by the Dabgram Ranger Shyama Prasad Chakladar. During the search, the officials found the smuggled logs of sal concealed behind sacks of paddy.
On Wednesday, the accused has been produced before the court. Meanwhile, the police are engaged in a further investigation of the entire incident.