Meghalaya Forest Department officials have caught BSF men felling Sal trees in the Baghmara reserve forest. A truck belonging to the BSF’s 40th battalion was being used and it was loaded with 1.487 cubic metres of fresh cut Sal trees. A diesel and mud mixture was being used to hide the registration number of the vehicle. The forest department has issued a show cause notice to the BSF constable Dharam Dayal who was leading the team. The BSF Deputy Inspector General has quoted his company commander who said that the men were in the forest to collect firewood. He also said that action will be initiated if the men were found guilty of illegal felling. There have been many complaints alleged against the BSF for illegal tree felling in the reserve forests of Garo Hills. The Baghmara Reserve Forest is also a crucial wildlife habitat.