A Special team comprising forest officials of Kadapa and Nellore districts will formed to curb the smuggling of red sanders.
During the checking, an overspeeding car bearing registration number AP 29 BD 7516 tried to run over the police.
Police said that one of the accused has been into supplying bananas from Andhra Pradesh for supply to various states including Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi.
Police said Rafi is into supplying Banana from Andhra Pradesh to various states viz., UP, Rajasthan, Delhi, Telangana, etc. Ahmed procured bananas from Rafi and supplied them to retailers.
Police on Monday seized 22 red sanders logs weighing 530 kg and arrested three smugglers in Siddavatam forest after conducting a raid. A car and an auto were also seized.
Selvaraj who studied up to SSC, has been involved in red sanders smuggling since 1993.
The case related to the seizure of 2,200kg of red sanders from a container freight station in Kochi will be probed by the Special Investigation and Intelligence Branch (SIIB) of the customs.
During the operation, a team led by RSIs Viswanath and Vinod Kumar noticed a group of persons carrying red sanders logs from the forest.
One truck, 31 mobile phones, 24 axes and other equipment used for chopping red sander trees were also seized in the raid.
RSASTF allocated eight I-SAT phones to tighten vigil on woodcutters from New Year, seized logs weighing 50,880 kg and arrested 342 smugglers in 2021
In a major haul, the Chittoor police have seized 290 red sander logs weighing three tonnes worth Rs 1.5 crore and a Bolero.
The gang was taking the logs from Badvel in Kadapa district to Chennai via Anantapur district in five vehicles.
A senior police officer said the contractors pay Rs 30,000-Rs 40,000 per week to a woodcutter and hire them for cutting red sanders trees in the forest.