Mansehra: DFO among 7 employees booked
MANSEHRA: The Anti-Corruption Establishment in Kohistan district has booked seven employees of the Forest Department for allegedly having sold 500,000 square feet timber in the market and showing in official record that the said timber had been washed away in flash floods in 2010. “We have arrested two forest officials and raids are being carried out for the arrest of five others,” Mohammad Tanveer, the head of ACE Kohistan, told journalists on Sunday. Tanveer said the case was investigated on the order of director general ACE, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and seven officials including district forest officer were booked in the case.
“A meagre amount of timber from forest depots was swept away in Indus River but all stock of 500,000 square feet of timber was shown as damaged in the official record and timber was sold in open market causing a financial loss of Rs120 million to national exchequer,” said Tanveer.
He said the officials had also issued fake damage reports to timber smugglers who gathered the timber from different points from River Indus, causing huge loss to the exchequer. The official said District Forest Officer Tariq Khan, Range Officer Abid Mumtaz, foresters Mohammad Anwar, Mohammad Asghar and forest guards Yasheer, Mohammad Umar and Umar Khan had been booked under section 420, 477, 419 and 468. He added that Mohammad Anwar and Umar Khan had been arrested from various places in Kohistan.