DSP vows to curb red sanders smuggling

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Following the government orders, the Red Sanders Anti-Smuggling Task Force (RSASTF) police station began functioning here on Sunday fulfilling the long felt need of the RSASTF to have civil police powers for efficient functioning without depending on other agencies, including the regular police and forest department.

Tirupati: Following the government orders, the Red Sanders Anti-Smuggling Task Force (RSASTF) police station began functioning here on Sunday fulfilling the long felt need of the RSASTF to have civil police powers for efficient functioning without depending on other agencies, including the regular police and forest department.

Speaking to the media here on Sunday, SV Sridhar, who has been appointed as the new police station DSP, said that the Task Force police station with a strength of 30 personnel, including a DSP, a CI, three SIs, five HCs and the remaining constables, are empowered to deal with the cases related to red sanders, including registering, investigating and prosecuting the cases pertaining to entire State.

The RSASTF has been vociferously seeking police powers since its inception in March last year to check the red sanders smuggling effectively, which was at last fulfilled with the government, issuing orders for setting up of RSASTF police station here which will function in the Task Force office complex at Kapilatheertham here.

Sridhar said that setting up a separate police station for Task Force will help proper investigation into the red sanders smuggling cases anywhere in the State as well as outside, including abroad with its origin in the State, and also take up the cases in the State which have wider ramifications. Besides, it will help faster investigation of the red sanders smuggling cases registered and filing of charge sheet without any delay for prosecution of smugglers.

Empowering the RSASTF was felt more than ever before after the government recently amending the Andhra Pradesh Forest Act for intiating stringent punishment, which was up to 10 years imprisonment and fine up to Rs 10 lakh fine, besides making red sanders smuggling a non-bailable case to ensure the smugglers get maximum punishment, including penalty under the amended Act, he added.

To ensure transparency, an officer was also posted to provide information sought under RTI Act in the Task Force police station, he said.

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