Culprit of massive felling of trees shall be dealt strictly :CM Virbhader Singh

Dec 05, 2014 16:45 | Poltics

Dharamshala (Arvind Sharma ) 5th Dec, 2014

Strict action would be taken to bring the culprits to book involved in

the massive tree felling at Taradevi near Shimla, said Chief Minister

Shri Virbhadra Singh while talking to the media persons outside Vidhan

Sabha at Tapovan in Dharamshala today.

On being asked about the steps taken to nab the culprits involved into

illegal felling, he said that the Government had taken serious note of

the heinous act and had placed the Guard, Deputy Ranger, Ranger and

Divisional Forest officer (DFO) under suspension.

He said that besides the tree felling in Taradevi, few cases were also

reported near ‘Macchi Wali Kothi’ in Shimla which were also being

investigated and soon the offenders would be behind the bars.

Answering to a question on his being termed as the saviour of

environment, Shri Virbhadra Singh said that he was sent to the State

against his wishes by former Prime Minister, late Smt Indira Gandhi as

a Chief Minister to launch a crusade against the ‘Van Mafia’ prevalent

in the State then and thereafter he had devoted his life and worked

for the preservation of environment.

“I will never let anyone, may he be my son, to destroy the flora and

fauna of the Pradesh” said he, adding that besides conservation of

forests, it was moral duty of all of us to protect the wild life and

animals too.

Being asked about the involvement of few in the tree felling case the

Chief Minister said that “One Swallow doesn’t make a summer” thereby

meaning that we should not come to a conclusion based not on enough

evidence though adding further that  the consultant of some company

which had entered into the agreement with the owner of the land had

been   refused bail and soon he would be arrested.

Raising concern over the illegal felling, he said that the State

Government had such strict forest laws that not even a private person

can cut a branch of tree though standing on his private land. We were

looking into all the aspects and I would be the most contented and a

happier person to tighten the noose around the criminals involved in

illegal felling, he said.

On being asked what next step was likely to be taken in this regard,

the Chief Minister said that investigations were on and said that

rather it would be his biggest failure of life if he failed to bring

the criminals to the book.