Forest officials arrested Raja Naik and Venkatesh of Katarimuduku and Rompicherla Bhaskar of Chittoor and seized 17 red sanders weighing half a tonne in Mudumpadu forest beat in Tsundupalle mandal on Sunday, Rayavaram deputy forest range officer Sudarshan told newsmen.

Two others fled from the scene, he added.

137 logs seized

Meanwhile, forest officials seized 137 red sanders valued at around Rs. 5 lakh in Jandrapenta beat in Sanipai forest range in Veeraballe mandal on Sunday.

The logs kept ready for transportation were seized, officials said.