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Forum for security to forest staff

Shillong, July 23: The United Workers’ Forum (UWF), a group based in Garo hills, has threatened to move the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) over repeated attacks on those guarding forests in the region.

Condemning the recent attack on a forest department muster roll employee by tree smugglers at Adokgre in North Garo Hills, forum chairman Rakkan M. Sangma said smugglers have been taking revenge against those who were preventing them from carrying out smuggling in the area.

“It is a known fact that the poor forest staff put on duty without any security face a great risk. Indeed, they are not paid for such unsafe night duties. They are forced to go on night patrols and chase tree smugglers at their own risk,” he said.

To top it all, he said the employees had to make ends meet with meagre wages. “How long shall we tolerate such indiscrimination? The forum will take up such injustice with the National Human Rights Commission,” Sangma said.