CHITTOOR:Chittoor police who have caught two notorious red sanders smugglers in West Bengal and Chennai along with their associates and seized a large quantity of logs recently, produced the logs before the media here on Sunday. Altogether, the seized logs and vehicles are worth around `22 crore.
Giving details of the operation in West Bengal, SP G Srinivas said the district police, with the cooperation of West Bengal police, seized as many as 316 red sanders logs after raiding three locations on Indo-Bhutan border and arrested international smuggler Sounder Rajan on April 19.
Later, Sounder Rajan was brought to Chittoor and remanded in custody on April 23. The police also brought back all the seized logs from West Bengal, the SP said.
In Chennai, the SP said they have arrested Saravanan, a native of Chennai, along with 11 logs, on April 20. Later, based on the information provided by Saravanan, police conducted raids on two godowns located at SIDCO industrial area and Gandhi Nagar and seized 169 logs.
80 COPS GETREWARDS
Complimenting the police for nabbing the smugglers, the SP handed over rewards to all 80 police personnel who participated in both the operations in West Bengal and Chennai.
2 Sanders Anti-smuggling Cells constituted
Kadapa: The district polic have formed two red sanders anti-smuggling cells. After a meeting with DSPs, CIs and SIs here on Sunday, the district SP Navin Gulati took this decision to put an end to red sanders smuggling. According to the SP, they be headed by DSP B Srinivasulu and special branch DSP M Rajagopal Reddy. Each cell will consist of nearly 50 police personnel including 6 CIs, 15 SIs and other staff. The SP has appealed to the people to inform the police if they notice illegal transportation of red sanders in their surroundings. P