At least 30 roadside trees worth Tk 1.5 lakh were felled illegally in Horinchara union of Domar upazila yesterday.
The trees include mahogany and eucalyptus, said Azizul Islam, chairman of the union parishad (UP).
Labourers, engaged by one Kabir Hossain Bablu, 50, elder brother of Moniruzzaman Badal, president of ward no 6 unit of Awami League in the union, cut down the trees to sell those to local timber traders at higher prices, said the chairman.
At the time of loading the felled trees on battery-run rickshaw-vans, the chairman along with village police seized those and informed upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) about the matter, said locals.
Hundreds of saplings of different tree species were planted beside the road at Sheutgari village eight to 10 years ago. Local UP took the initiative.
Village police leader Osman Gani alleged that a group of local influential persons felled around 200 trees from different roads in the union in a week.
Bablu said he felled the trees as he planted those on his land attached to the road.
UNO Umme Fatima said, she directed the upazila surveyor to investigate the matter for action.