Dir: Deputy Commissioner (DC) Upper Dir Khalid Iqbal Khattak recently announced that the district administration had filed cases against over 100 individuals for their alleged involvement in the cutting of trees in the forests located in the Kumrat and Charkom areas, according to news sources.
DC Khattak made this announcement during a press briefing and also stated that most of the accused had already been taken into custody. He revealed that cases had been lodged against 71 offenders for illegally cutting a large number of trees; out of which 60 people are now in police custody.
DC Dir said that the police was making an effort to capture the remaining offenders. Additionally, he revealed that six chainsaws had also been confiscated in the Charkom locale during the arrests of the aforementioned 60 alleged offenders. The DC said that the use of chainsaws was banned by the district administration, as these machines had the capacity to cut down trees faster than more conventional methods.
Unfortunately, he further informed that in this instance a lot of trees had already been felled before the accused could be apprehended, with about 219 trees estimated to have been cut down in the Kumrat area alone.