The forest department in Junagadh,on Tuesday,filed a case against unidentified persons for allegedly cutting down 21 teak trees from a private land bordering Girnar Wildlife Sanctuary without prior permission.
Officials from the office of the Deputy Conservator of Forest (DCF),Junagadh division,rushed to a farm near Bhavnath Taleti in the foothills of Girnar mountain after a tip off that 21 teak trees had been cut down from the farm and the timber been carted away.
After site inspection,we lodged a complaint against unidentified persons for cutting down teak trees without prior permission of the forest department and revenue officers, said the Range Forest Officer (RFO) of Junagadh (South).
The RFO said that prima facie it seemed the trees were cut down a few days ago and only small branches and dried leaves laid on the five-bigha farm. Sources said the land belonged to one Bhavesh Vekaria of Junagadh.
Teak is the most common tree to grow in the Girnar Wildlife Sanctuary,which is home to the endangered Asiatic lions.