Miscreants have destroyed around 30,000 saplings meant for planting on a forest land in Panikhaori area under Noldori beat in Kulaura upazila of Moulvibazar.
Under a plan to grow 30,000 trees in Panikhaori area under Noldorli forest, the forest department made a nursery with as many plants and prepared 50 acres of land under social forestation programme, said Kulaura Range Officer Manik Ranjan Dey.
“A few days ago Dil Bahadur, Khasi headman of Lobonchara Punjee, removed our boundary fences and destroyed some saplings and I filed a GD with Kulaura Police Station against him on March 21. Lastly miscreants destroyed all the 30,000 saplings.
“On Friday afternoon, forest guards saw the destroyed plants, some of them cut and others burnt. Earlier on different occasions, the forest department filed 11 cases against the headman on charge of occupying forest land.
“We filed a complaint with Kulaura Police Station on Friday night and informed senior officials of Sylhet forest division of the incident,” he said.
Asked about the matter, headman Dil Bahadur said, “The forest department's complaint is fully wrong. They destroy our betel leaf gardens for plantation in the name of social forestation. We don't destroy forest as it is our asset.”
Kulaura Police Station Officer-in-Charge (Investigation) Sanjay Chakraborty said necessary action will be taken after investigation.