Adilabad forest officials on Thursday seized illegally felled timber from a railway quarter in disuse at Kosai railway station about 30 km from Adilabad.

Involvement of

railway officials

The incident has brought into sharp focus the allegation of railway officials being in cahoots with timber smugglers in the Talamadugu forest section.

Timber worth

Rs. 1.5 lakh

The seized timber, estimated to be worth about Rs.1.5 lakh, was transported to the forest offices in Adilabad. Though a case has been booked against unknown offenders, the forest officials are reported to be investigating the role of the railway officials in the smuggling incident.

On the instruction of Adilabad Forest Range Officer G. Nageshwar Rao, a team of officials led by Talamadugu Section Officer Md. Ayub lay in wait for the smugglers to recover timber from the quarter in question since the night of Wednesday.

When no one arrived, the officials seized the illegally felled teak.

It is a well known fact among all that huge quantities of timber are smuggled out of the Talamadugu forests in the trains that run on that section of the South Central Railway (SCR).

It may be recalled that a train driver was an accused in a case of teak smuggling in the past.