LUCKNOW, INDIA -- India's forestry department is having trouble stopping the start up of "unauthorized sawsmills," according to The Times of India.

The newspaper said the the department conducted 402 raids of sawmills in July, resulting in shutting down 23 of them and departmental action against 43 others.

In addition, the paper said raids of legally operating saw mills, resulted in the recovery of "illegally stacked timber." Three saw mills and a veneer/plywood unit was closed down during the operation.

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