Adilabad: In a bid to put an end to the menace of teakwood smuggling from the forests of Adilabad, the police will start combing the forests soon.
A decision to this effect was made at district crime review meeting held here on Tuesday. The meeting was chaired by Superintendent of Police M Sreenivas. It was attended by District Forest Officer Kondal Rao.
During the meeting, the illegal felling of teak trees and transportation of logs was discussed with forest officials. Steps for preventing the menace were also debated. The authorities expressed their inability to control the smuggling as the offenders were often attacking forest staff with axes.
Sreenivas said a task force, comprising 25 personnel from Police Department, would be formed for carrying out combing operations in the forests and to clamp down the menace.
Both the armed force and authorities of Forest Department would take part in the operations. He warned that smugglers would be booked under Preventive Detention Act.
It is learned that Forest and Environment Minister Jogu Ramanna had instructed the Police Department to chalk out strategies to curb the menace of teakwood smuggling. Offenders are felling trees and shipping logs to Nizamabad district due to large demand for the wood in neighbouring district.
The law and order of the district, menace of spurious cotton seeds, sub-standard groceries, traffic snarls, and Operation Muskan were also discussed during the meeting.
DSPs A Laxmi Narayana, Vemula Chandraprabhu and K Narasimha Reddy; Jail Superintendent Y Mallareddy, several inspectors and sub-inspectors were present.