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Kerala govt orders SIT probe into 'illegal' tree felling

12:55 AM Jun 13, 2021 | Agencies

Thiruvanathapuram

In view of raging controversy over the alleged illegal felling and smuggling of centuries-old rosewood trees from Wayanad by timber mafia, the Kerala government has constituted a special investigation team (SIT) to probe into the scandal and similar such cases.

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Crime Branch ADGP S Sreejith has been entrusted with the task of coordinating the high level investigation, an order issued by Chief Secretary V P Joy said here.

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The team would comprise officers from forest and wildlife departments, vigilance and anti-corruption bureau and crime branch.

According to a report of the state police chief, invaluable natural resources and properties like rosewood trees had been felled and stolen by some people at some places in the state, the Chief Secretary mentioned in the order.

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