Efforts on to prevent labourers from crossing the border to cut red sanders
The Vellore district police is coordinating effectively with the Andhra Pradesh police in preventing smuggling of contraband goods including red sanders through the Tamil Nadu-AP border in Vellore district, and in taking action against criminals who were found to have smuggled contraband goods between the two states, according to R. Tamil Chandran, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police, Vellore Range.
Talking to reporters after assuming charge as DIG of Police, Vellore Range here on Friday, Mr. Tamil Chandran said that in recent months, red sanders wood found in the forest areas of Chittoor district in AP has been cut and smuggled into Tamil Nadu through the interstate borders in Vellore district with the help of labourers mobilised from Vellore and Tiruvannamalai districts.
While many involved in this racket have been arrested, steps would be taken to arrest those who were absconding. Effective steps would be taken to prevent mobilisation of labourers from Vellore and Tiruvannamalai districts for criminal activities in AP, he said.
The DIG said that coordination meetings among the Superintendent of Police (SP), Vellore district and the SPs of Chittoor district and Tirupati Rural district were being conducted once in three months to review the inter-state crime situation.
The Chittoor and Tirupati Rural SPs are in constant touch with the Vellore SP to review the situation, he said.
P. Vijayakumar, SP, Vellore district, who was present, said that red sander trees in Vellore district have been marked by the Forest Department, and if trees were missing, they could be easily identified. It has been found that people from Vellore and Tiruvannamalai districts went to neighbouring Chittoor district as labourers for cutting the red sander trees.
More than 150 such labourers and 15 agents who mobilised them for cutting the red sanders in AP have been arrested in Vellore district. Those involved in cutting red sanders in Pallikonda and Walajapet police station limits were also arrested. The police department has distributed bit notices in the villages cautioning people against going to AP for cutting red sanders.
Asked about the nature of the narcotic drugs which were seized from 13 persons in Vellore district on Tuesday, the SP said that the seized drugs have been sent to the lab for identification. All the 13 persons have been arrested, he said.
Mr. Vijayakumar said that 2,064 candidates have applied for recruitment to the Tamil Nadu Special Police Youth Brigade in Vellore district. Of them, 370 would be recruited. The selected candidates would assist the regular police as drivers, in night patrol and in serving summons.
The DIG said that steps would be taken to identify the rowdies and bootleggers in Vellore and Tiruvannamalai districts, arrest them under the Goondas Act and prevent crimes in the two districts. Steps would also be taken to arrest the absconding accused in various criminal cases.
The traffic situation in both the districts would be reviewed and suitable steps taken to ease it and to prevent hardships to public, he said.