CHITRAL: Timber worth millions of rupees was reduced to ashes by unidentified arsonists at the Forest Development Corporation in Saidabad on Saturday. Deputy Forest Manager Naeem Afridi told journalists the incident took place a little after midnight, adding that unidentified people barged through the gate, sprinkled kerosene over the logs and set them ablaze. The watchman informed the police and a fire brigade also rushed to the scene to extinguish the fire. Fortunately, they managed to contain the damage as a significant stock of timber lying nearby was saved. Afridi said around 56,000 square feet of timber was destroyed. He added that police has registered a case.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 20th, 2014.