Police in the central highlands province of Lam Dong have arrested three men in the biggest forest destruction case recorded so far in the area.
A pine forest is poisoned in Lam Dong Province
Deputy head of Lam Dong Provincial Department of Public Security, Dinh Xuan Huy, announced on May 29 that three local men including Ngo Van Diem, 35, Nguyen Van Loi, 23, and Duong Van Hong, 53, had been arrested while some others are being summoned in their investigation.
According to the police, Diem, who currently owns 3,500 square metres of farmland in the area, hired some people including Loi and Hong to poison the pine forest to steal 2,500 square metres for farming.
The killers drilled the holes and pumped herbicide into the trees which then gradually died.
Loi and Hong were paid VND500,000 ($22) a day or VND30 million ($1,304) a hectare for the poisoning work. The killers drilled the holes and pumped herbicide into the trees which then gradually died.
A total of 10 hectares of pine forest have been destroyed by this method, police report said.
Police are further investigating the case.
The Gia Lai Forest Protection sub-department has asked the police to investigate the recent destruction of a pine forest, Thanh Niên (Young People) newspaper reported.
Pine trees in Lam Ha District of the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong were discovered to be chopped down this week, Vietnam News Agency reported.
A vast area of pine trees has been poisoned in the biggest forest destruction reported so far in the central highlands province of Lam Dong.