STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Kingpin in Int'l Red Sanders Racket Caught

Four months after the forest and police department officials busted an international smuggling racket and seized 17 tonnes of red sanders from a defunct leather factory godown in Minnur near Ambur, the forest department personnel attached to Ambur Range arrested the owner of the godown on Wednesday.

Published: 06th February 2014 10:12 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th February 2014 10:12 AM   |  A+A-

Four months after the forest and police department officials busted an international smuggling racket and seized 17 tonnes of red sanders from a defunct leather factory godown in Minnur near Ambur, the forest department personnel attached to Ambur Range arrested the owner of the godown on Wednesday.

Manoharan.jpgActing on specific information, a three-member team led by Forester Pon Senthil arrested R L Manoharan (40) from near his house at Krishnapuram in Ambur Town around 10:30 am. Manoharan, who was in hiding since September last year, had come to Ambur to meet his family.

Senthil said a special team has been constituted to investigate and arrest those involved in the illegal activity. “Our efforts paid off today (Wednesday). We are interrogating Manoharan to collect more information about his associates and their network,” Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of Tirupattur Dinkar Kumar told Express.

Manoharan had been frequently changing his location in Kerala and Andhra Pradesh for the last four months to evade arrest. “He tipped off two of his associates, who are the kingpins of the international smuggling racket. We are trying to track the duo who are residents of Red Hills and Koyambedu in Chennai,” said another official on condition of anonymity.

Manoharan was produced before the Judicial Magistrate Court in Ambur and remanded to the Vellore Central Prison for Men. “We will seek his custody for further interrogation,” said a forest officer.

The smuggling of red sander logs came to light on September 14 last year following a late night raid carried out by the officials of the revenue and police department in the godown. The officials raided the godown after being alerted by villagers.

Stay up to date on all the latest Tamil Nadu news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp