Preventive Detention Act was invoked against two habitual red sanders offenders Machupalle Srinivasulu Naidu and Machupalle Ramanaiah, both brothers, of Jandlavaram village in Mydukur mandal, Assistant Conservator of Forests Guruprabhakar said.

Srinivasulu Naidu had been smuggling red sander logs since a decade and Ramanaiah since five years and they were arrested and lodged in Kadapa Central Prison, he told newsmen. On the request of the Forest Department, District Collector K. Sasidhar issued orders to book them under PD Act and the Siddhavatam magistrate court too ordered so and they were being shifted to Cherlapalle central jail, he said.

The brothers were involved in felling red sander logs in Siddhavatam, Rollabodu, Khajipet, Ranibavi and Jandlavaram forest areas and transporting the contraband to Chennai, Mr. Guruprabhakar said.