Staff Reporter

Tirupur: The Forest officials on Friday arrested N. Venkitaraman (48) on the charges of smuggling 1.23 tonne of sandal wood spread over eight cases that took place in 2008 and 2009.

Official sources said that Forest Ranger V. A. Saravanan apprehended the accuse from a hide out following a tip off from reliable sources.

The accused, according to forest officials, smuggled sandal wood from Anamalai Tiger Reserve and managed to escape arrest on each of the occasion.

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