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The Forest Act, 1927

( ACT NO. XVI Of 1927 )

Chapter IV

OF PROTECTED FORESTS

Penalties for acts in contravention of 1[section 28A or of] notification under section 30 or of rules under section 32
33. 2[(1) Any person who commits any of the following offences, namely:-
 
 
(a) contrary to any prohibition under section 30, quarries any stone, or burns any lime or charcoal,
 
 
or collects, subjects to any manufacturing process, or removes any forest produce other than timber;
 
 
(b) leaves burning any fire kindled by him in the vicinity of any protected forest;
 
 
(c) causes any damage by negligence in felling any tree or cutting or dragging any timber;
 
 
(d) trespasses or pastures cattle, or permits cattle to trespass;
 
 
(e) enters a protected forest with fire arms without prior permission from the Divisional Forest Officer concerned;
 
 
(f) infringes any rule made under section 32 3[;]
 
 
4[(g) any offence or damage committed against social forestry programme will be deemed as an offense,]
 
 
shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months and shall also be liable to fine which may extend to two thousand Taka, in addition such compensation for damage done to the forest as the convicting court may direct to be paid.
 
 
(1A) Any person who commits any of the following offences, namely:
 
 
(a) sets fire to a protected forest or, in contravention of any rules made by the Government in this behalf, kindles any fire, or leaves any fire burning, in such manner as to endanger such a forest;
 
 
(b) fells, girdles, lops, taps or burns any tree reserved under section 30, or strips off the bark or leaves from, or otherwise damages, any such tree;
 
 
(c) contrary to any prohibition under section 30, clears or breaks up any land for cultivation or other purpose 5[or cultivates or attempts to cultivate any land in any other manner] in the protected forest;
 
 
(d) in contravention of any rules made in this behalf by the Government, hunts, shoots, sets traps or snares or catches or kills any wild animals and birds, fishes or poisons water;
 
 
(e) establishes saw-pits or saw-benches or converts tree into timber without lawful authority in a protected forest;
 
 
(f) removes any timber from a protected forest;
 
 
shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years and shall not be less than six months and shall also be liable to fine which may extend to fifty thousand Taka and shall not be less than five thousand Taka, in addition such compensation for damages done to the forest as the convicting Court may direct to be paid.]
 
 
(2) Whenever fire is caused wilfully or by gross negligence in a protected forest, the Government may, not withstanding that any penalty has been inflicted under this section, direct that in such forest or any portion thereof the exercise of any right of pasture or to forest -produce shall be suspended for such period as it thinks fit.

  • 1
    The words and figure "section 28A or of" were inserted by section 9 of the Forest (Amendment) Act, 2000 (Act No. X of 2000)
  • 2
    Sub-sections (1) and (1A) were substituted, for sub-section (1) by section 10 of the Forest (Amendment) Act, 1990 (Act No. VIII of 1990)
  • 3
    A semi-colon was substituted, for comma (,) at the end of clause (f) by section 9 of the Forest (Amendment) Act, 2000 (Act No. X of 2000)
  • 4
    Clause (g) was added by section 9 of the Forest (Amendment) Act, 2000 (Act No. X of 2000)
  • 5
    The words "or cultivates or attempts to cultivate any land in any other manner" were inserted by section 9 of the Forest (Amendment) Act, 2000 (Act No. X of 2000)
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