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The Forest Act, 1927

( ACT NO. XVI Of 1927 )

Chapter XIII

MISCELLANEOUS

Persons bound to assist Forest-officers and Police-officers
79. (1) Every person who exercises any right in a reserved or protected forest, or who is permitted to take any forest-produce from, or to cut and remove timber or to pasture cattle, in, such forest, and every person who is employed by any such person in such forest, and
 
 
every person in any village contiguous to such forest who is employed by the 1[Government, or a local authority, or who receives emoluments from the Government or a local authority] for services to be performed to the community,
 
 
shall be bound to furnish without unnecessary delay to the nearest Forest-officer or Police-officer any information he may possess respecting the commission of, or intention to commit, any forest-offence, and shall forthwith take steps, whether so required by any Forest-officer or police-officer or not,
 
 
(a) to extinguish any forest fire in such forest of which he has knowledge or information;
 
 
(b) to prevent by any lawful means in his power any fire in the vicinity of such forest of which he has knowledge or information from spreading to such forest,
 
 
and shall assist any Forest-officer or Police-officer demanding his aid
 
 
(c) in preventing the commission in such forest of any forest-offence; and
 
 
(d) when there is reason to believe that any such offence has been committed in such forest, in discovering and arresting the offender.
 
 
(2) Any person who, being bound so to do, without lawful excuse (the burden of proving which shall lie upon such person) fails
 
 
(a) to furnish without unnecessary delay to the nearest Forest-officer or Police-officer any information required by sub-section (1);
 
 
(b) to take steps as required by sub-section (1) to extinguish any forest fire in a reserved or protected forest;
 
 
(c) to prevent, as required by sub-section (1), any fire in the vicinity of such forest from spreading to such forest; or
 
 
(d) to assist any Forest-officer or Police-officer demanding his aid in preventing the commission in such forest of any forest-offence, or, when there is reason to believe that any such offence has been committed in such forest, in discovering and arresting the offender;
 
 
shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 2[three months], or with fine which may extend to 3[two thousand] Taka, or with both.

  • 1
    The words and commas "Government, or a local authority, or who receives emoluments from the Government or a local authority" were substituted, for the words and comma "Government, or who receives emoluments from the Government" by section 25 of the Forest (Amendment) Act, 1990 (Act VIII of 1990)
  • 2
    The words "three months" were substituted, for the words "one month" by section 25 of the Forest (Amendment) Act, 1990 (Act No. VIII of 1990)
  • 3
    The words "two thousand" were substituted, for the words "two hundred" by section 25 of the Forest (Amendment) Act, 1990 (Act No. VIII of 1990)
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