mahalakshmi layout police arrested five red sander smugglers raided 3 places and seized 1580 kg Red sandalwood

Dr.Thomas (Special Correspondent)

The Mahalakshmi Layout police busted an inter state smuggling racket,arrested five people and recovered 1400 kilos of red sanders from them.

The accused have been identified as Siddaraju, Prajwal,Lokesh,Devaraju and Govindaswamy.

Senior officer told reporters,the accused Siddaraju and Prajwal were arrested when they were waiting for their customers to deliver 11 kilos of red sander logs near ISKCON temple .

Based on their information,the police raided a farm house belonging to Govindasawamy in Tamil Nadu and recovered 1400 kilo of red sander logs.

During investigation the accused confessed that they had poached the red sanders from Devalapura forest area in Mandya,chopped into small logs and transported in pick up trucks to the farm in Tamil Nadu to hide them.

The accused would them move around Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and parts of Karnataka to sell them.

The accused Govindaswamy is a habitual offender involved in similar offences in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh,the police,said .

Finally Bengaluru Police Commissioner,CH Pratap Reddy,has appreciated Addl CP West,Sandeep Patil,DCP North,Vinayak Patil,ACP,Praveen M, PI,Raju DL,PSI,Lepakshimurthy RG,Srinivas,Naresh,Chowdegowda,Manjunath, Abhay Kumar,Chethan Kumar and others has been appreciated for the exemplary and meticulous investigation done by them in nabbing five member gang and seizing 1400 kilos from his possession and further investigation is on.