Guwahati: In a shocking incident, one forest department personnel was killed and three others were injured after a group of timber smugglers attacked them in Assam’s Goalpara district.
The incident took place on Monday night when a four-member forest department team was trying to seize a timber-laden tractor.
A team of the forest department conducted an operation against illegal timber smuggling at the Bor Matia forest area under Krishnai Forest Range Office in Goalpara district – about 120 kms from the state capital city Guwahati, sources said.
During an operation, the illegal timber smugglers attacked the forest personnel by using sharp weapons.
Following the incident, police team later rescued the injured forest personnel and admitted them at Goalpara civil hospital.
Meanwhile, one of the injured persons died on the way to Guwahati Medical College and Hospital.
The deceased was identified as Rajbir Ahmed.
Local MLA Abul Kalam Rasheed Alam demanded a judicial probe into the incident.
“I demand the Assam government to initiate a judicial probe into the incident and should take stern action against the miscreants,” MLA said.
Alam also demanded the state government to pay a compensation of Rs 20 lakh to the next kin of the deceased person.