Red sanders dump seized
Forest department personnel on Monday seized a red sanders dump weighing ten tonnes, estimated to be worth Rs one crore in the Lankamala forest area. Initially, they spotted 30 red sanders logs and later the dump.
- Estimated to be worth Rs 1 crore
- 150 smugglers from TN manage to escape
- SP says raids in district will be intensified
- 17 arrested in Rajampet, Badvel forest areas
Kadapa: Forest department personnel on Monday seized a red sanders dump weighing ten tonnes, estimated to be worth Rs one crore in the Lankamala forest area. Initially, they spotted 30 red sanders logs and later the dump.
About 150 alleged smugglers from Tamil Nadu on seeing the forest staff fled the spot. Special parties have been deployed to nab the absconding smugglers, said Badvel Forest Range Officer Swamy Vivekananda.
On Sunday the police after conducting raids in Rajampet and badvel forest areas to check illegal red sanders transport arrested 17 smugglers and workers. They seized red sanders logs worth Rs.35.3 lakh, a mini-lorry, three two-wheelers, eight cell phones, said SP Dr Navin Gulati. He said that a special police party confiscated, after conducting searches, 55 red sanders and arrested some smugglers in railwaykodur and chitvel areas of Rajampet sub-division. In badvel, a mini-lorry was seized while carrying red sanders. Vinod kumar, naresh kumar of Chennai and suresh, sahadevan of Nellore along with three others were arrested.
The SP stated that red sanders smugglers were utilising ‘maistries’ belonging to allagadda ramana, parvathamma and pamuletili for securing workers to transport the logs. He said the police would intensify the raids across the district. Dr Gulati complimented the staff for nabbing red sanders smugglers and workers.