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Forest team destroys silk cotton seedlings

Staff Reporter

It scans Thummagundu forests to detect cultivation of ganja

THENI: A special team of forest officials conducted a raid in the forest range of the Varushanadu hills and destroyed silk cotton seedlings raised in forest reserve land here on Saturday.

Assistant Conservator of Forests G. Vadivel said that encroachers, capitalising on recent showers, had started raising silk cotton seedlings in their routine encroached area within the reserve forests in Kodikulam, Navaluthu and Kodaliyuthu of Thummagundu north beat on the hill. Over 7,000 seedlings that were raised on 21 acres in five different locations on the hill were completely destroyed.

The team also removed 14,000 seedlings raised in the mother bed nursery inside the forest land.

They also scanned the entire Thummagundu forests to detect cultivation of ganja plantations if any inside the forest area. After a complete search, the team found that there was no symptom of marijuana cultivation in this range, he added.