Guwahati, April 14: Miscreants have cut down a large number of trees inside Lankajan Forest in Nagaon district of Assam making mockery of the vigil maintained by the state forest department.
The Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma has taken serious note of the wanton destruction inside the forest area and ordered for launching a combing operation covering the entire 250 sq. km. in the Lankajan forest area to take proper stock of the felled trees.
At the direction of the Chief Minister, State Environment and Forest, Parimal Suklabaidya visited the Lankajan area under Lanka range of Nagaon South Division on Thursday and instructed the concerned forest, police and district administration officials to carry out the operation against the miscreants who cut down a number of trees.
Meanwhile, a team comprising four groups has been formed to assess the exact number of trees cut down by miscreants and it will submit a report to the government within seven days.
The Forest department is coordinating with the district administration to take appropriate steps to prevent further destruction of the forest area.
The Forest Minister Suklabaidya also instructed the Deputy Commissioner, the Superintendent of Police and the Divisional Forest Officer to take stern action against anyone trespassing on any forest area without any permission.