Maharashtra: 2 held in possession of illegal firewood

Dodamarg (Maharashtra): Two individuals were arrested and a truck carrying illegal firewood was seized by a special patrolling team here on Friday.

The two persons arrested have been identified as Janu Padu Kolekar and Santosh Dhondu Patkaro, both natives of Dodamarg.

As per a police note, the vehicle bearing registration number MH-07-P-0131 was loaded with illegal firewood on Friday morning to be taken from Dodamarg to Goa.

There has been a rise in illegal firewood transportation in the recent past along the Maharashtra border, which was recently declared as an Eco Sensitive Area of Western Ghats. Despite a ban on felling of trees, several vehicles intrude into Goa with illegal firewood.