This is The way to do it, if you want to catch a rogue bull then it has to be by the horns and that is what DFO Mohan Chaudhary and his team did as they went gunning after the timber smuggler Badder Din!
‘This was on cards and the planning for this operation was on and finally the best plans were laid for catching the timber shark in Surankote and finally they were executed with skill and panache. As per the Divisional Forest officer, this is just the beginning since more scintillating action would be following against those who believe that the government property can be looted at will’
‘Perhaps the wolf wasn’t quite so dangerous as he pretended. Unfortunately, there was only one way to find out for sure, give him a little rope and see if he hung himself.. And pray that he didn’t tie someone up with it instead. Badder Din the wolf has been tied at last!’
The Union Territory forests were being cut faster than they could grow back. The phenomenon was occurring in Dhara Sangla in Surankote and since it was an inaccessible place it was obvious that the forest department officials of district Poonch could not launch a full fledged operation and the timber smugglers were acting far too smartly. The villagers were a worried lot since the rate at which the forests were being hacked on the slopes of the Pir Panjals it looked that very soon the slopes would be devoid of the forest cover but they could not have raised their voice because the operating mafia being run by Badder Din were a fearsome sight with bandanas on their heads, hacking axes in their hands, shirt sleeves rolled up the arms and the biceps bulging could scare anyone and thus the preferred to lie low hoping in hope that a miracle would happen and the forests would be saved. Today it did happen.
Life here in this part of Surankote, up towards the mountains is almost inconceivable without wood, and woods. The people burn it for heat. Some cut it for a living. Many earn their livelihood from it by making paper, apple boxes and small household furniture but all this is with the permission of the district forest office. But there are some rascals who go overboard devastating the forests by felling the trees, making logs out of them to be sold just to make heaps of bank rolls. But it all comes from trees. Trees are the lifeblood of the people in this area, in more ways than one. This was the concern of the people and this jungle loot was becoming a menacing scenario.
With nowhere else to go a few villagers came to me and told me as to what was happening in Dhara Sangla and their conviction was backed by the photographs of the wooden logs stacked nicely up to be put up for sale. More supporting evidence was in the form of a video flashed on social media and needless to mention the same had gone viral! We published the story and the forest department rushed into action and filed a case against the kingpin Badder Din who was a bandit at large and so far had been having his own solo run in the woods. It was considered that none could touch him but the divisional forest officer had decided to take him on and after his capture send him behind bars so that he could atone for his sins that he had committed. It was not going to be easy but the forest officials were determined to knock him off and thus started the man hunt.
Badder Din over the years had made quite a reputation for himself. The people knew that he was a powerful man and he could get around anyone. He had understood the mechanics of the illegal timber trade, he had mastered the techniques to manipulate people with money and his ploy was simple, cut, dress up the wood, make the logs and dispose them off. He had been this jungle roulette for quite some time and he knew the older you get, the deadlier you have to be and you use age to your advantage. You make it a strength and with his smart play he always had his way through but today it was not his day as the forest department team nabbed him unawares and this was exactly what happened:
The inputs received by the Forest Department Surankote were specific regarding the presence of a notorious smuggler Badder Din S/O Aziza R/O Dhara Sangla in Dhara village.
The information network activated by the department had been tracking him and today they finally zeroed in on his location.
The seek and nab team moved in under the supervision of the divisional forest officer Poonch Mohan Chaudhary IFS.
Range officer Surankote Nissar Hussain was deputed to execute the plan and he in turn sent a team of forest officials led by block officer Murrah, Javid Ahmed Rana and block officer Bufliaz Sajad Farooq Malik.
The team laid down an ambush and arrested the accused nearby his house. It was a fast and furious operation in which Badder Din was pinned down.
It is pertinent to mention that Badder Din has been evading the arrest for the last two years. Two cases against him have been registered Under Section 26 of IFA (India forest act) against the accused.
Apart from timber smuggling Badder Din was also involved in hunting down wild animals as several complaints regarding this had been filed against him.
With Badder Din under the screws it is obvious the other timber smugglers would have gone under the covers but the sirens from the forest department district are audibly saying that timber smugglers would be dug out and punished.
They have also vowed that the forests in the district would be protected at all costs and the beginning of the end game of smugglers is definitely in a full on mode!
This man was a rogue, not because circumstances forced him to be a criminal but because he was born that way. He was probably conning everyone and had the forest department in the district on a hook. He thought that he was a powerhouse and could have his way all throughout but today he met his match as the forest officials outsmarted him as he was caught pants down! Every rogue meets an end and today it was Badder Din with a foot in the booby trap!