Red sanders smugglers attacked forest officials Jagjivan Rao and Srinivasulu by pelting stones in the forest area at Settigunta in Railway Kodur mandal on Friday night and set ablaze their motorcycle. The officials who went there on a tip-off that the offenders were trying to unauthorisedly transport red sanders logs, however, escaped the attack and alerted Forest Section Officer Pitchaiah who rushed a team of forest personnel to the forest area. On spotting the officials, the smugglers took to their hells by abandoning the lorry with 40 red sanders logs.

— Special Correspondent