SRINAGAR: The Range Officer of Forest Department in Mattan on Tuesday suspended two employees after a Kail tree was found rooted-out in the compartment where they were performing their duties.

As per the details, an order issued by the Range Officer Mattan under number 06-07/D, dated May 5, 2020, reads that “it has come to the notice of undersigned that illicit damage has taken place in Comptt. 14b/L Hapartnar Block. A team comprising DO Mattan and staff was deputed for spot verification and detailed report under rules.

 “As verified and reported by the party that a Kail Green tree of Dia 50-60 has been illegally cut by some unknown culprits in Comptt. 14b/L and has been converted into logs. The in question stocks exist on spot, which have been seized by party along with concerned B.O,” the order reads.

The order further reads that as directed by the DFO Lidder, Forest Division Bijbehara on pending enquiry two employees including Mushtaq Ahmad Shah (Watcher) and Muhammad Yaqob Shah (Mali) have been put under suspension with immediate effect.

Moreover, the order reads that BO Hapartnar is directed to explain his position within 24 hours and lodge FIR against culprits in the concern Police Station under intimation to this office. “The seized stocks should be kept at safer place on proper superdnama,” it added.