A total ban has been imposed on illegal lighting, burning and kindling of fire on roads or paths adjoining or passing through protected and reserve forests in Noney district, Manipur.
Joseph Pauline Kamson, district magistrate, Noney on Wednesday, released an order imposing a total ban on "illegal lighting/burning/kindling of fire on roads or paths adjoining or passing through reserved and protected forests".
The order was released taking into consideration numerous reports of lighting of a fire in reserve and protected forests in various places of the district, posing grave danger to human lives, properties, and ecosystem.
The order mentioned that lighting fire in protected forests violates the provisions of the Indian Forest Act, 1927.
The Noney DC further warned that any person found lighting fire in protected forests shall be punishable under section 26 and 33(1) and section 33(2) of Indian Forest Act, 1927.
The order also mentioned the power provided to forest officers or police officers without orders from the magistrate and without a warrant to arrest any person violating the Act.
Any person going against the order can be punished with imprisonment of a month or up to five years or with a fine.
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