Mob torches car in East Garo district after tip-off about timber smuggling

Tura, April 19: A mob torched a vehicle which was illegally carrying timber in East Garo hills district, said the police.

The incident took place at around 10 pm last night near the Rongjeng Reserve in East Garo Hills.

The vehicle with registration number ML 05B 8983 was caught by alert locals near the PWD office under Rongjeng PS.

According to locals, a vehicle was seen moving suspiciously near the Rongjeng Reserve which led to villagers asking for the vehicle to stop.

Locals alleged that the vehicle was coming from the Dambo Rongjeng Reserve.

A local on the condition of anonymity said, the driver upon seeing the crown, ran for his life.

He also informed that the angry mob then burnt the car with the timber inside.

Meanwhile East Garo Hills, Superintendent of Police, Ringrang TG Momin said that the incident is under inquiry.

“No one, including the owner of the vehicle has come forward with a complaint. It was informed to us by the forest patrolling party. The car was carrying four beams of timber,” Momin said.

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