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TEAK WOOD HOARDED INSIDE CUTN, PROBE ON

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Trichy: Forest department in Tiruvarur district recovered six logs of teak wood worth Rs 40,000 that was illegally hoarded into Central University of Tamil Nadu (CUTN) premises on Wednesday.

Owned by the forest department, the wooden logs were illegally brought into the university premises with the help of a few insiders. Before the logs could be sold in the market, a team of forest personnel led by L Krishnamurthy, forest range officer, Tiruvarur, recovered it thanks to a tip on Wednesday.

The university administration has formed a three-member committee to probe the matter as senior officers from the university are suspected to have indulged in the illegal act.

A retired revenue official has been detained for inquiry by the forest department along with few others including a couple of security personnel of the university. Involvement of traders of timber wood too has been suspected by the forest department.

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All the six wooden logs were cut from teak trees that had fallen due to Cyclone Gaja outside the university premises.

Over 1,000 teak trees were planted in the 520-acre university campus by the forest department near water bodies under the Padugai teak planting programme. While revenue generation is the purpose by ways of auctioning the trees after it grows, many of the trees fell during the cyclone last month.

Some of the trees had also fallen on roads near the university and forest department had cut these trees into pieces and placed them on the road sides. However, six of the wooden logs went missing a few days ago prompting the forest department to call for a probe.

The university premises being a vast campus, some of the insiders have misused it for their gain, which has sent out a negative image of the university, said senior officials from the university.

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