The Andhra Pradesh police in the state’s Chittoor district on Monday apprehended four red sanders smugglers and seized 11 tonnes of the precious wood estimated at Rs 5 crore, as per reports. The arrested culprits have been identified as M.Manoj Kumar (27), M.Ashok Kumar (26), S.Shankar (27) and L.Dayanand Naidu (37).
On Sunday, the police received a hint, prompting them to heighten surveillance on illegal red sanders transportation at Devarakonda village. Police followed their vehicle and apprehended the driver, Naidu, to discover eight red sanders logs. Following this, police registered a case at Bakarapeta police station and investigated the suspect. The smugglers set up the godown at Kannan farmhouse at tank factory, Avadi in Chennai.
On Monday morning, officials from the Chittoor police and the special enforcement bureau (SEB) swooped in on the godown where they found 11 tonnes of red sanders being readied to be smuggled overseas. In the raid, police seized 11 tonnes of the wood amounting to 380 logs, one truck and a car. “The value of red sanders along with the seized vehicles is estimated to be Rs 5 crore,” said an official.