Andhra Pradesh

Govt. nod sought for opening fire on red sanders smugglers

Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) M. Kantha Rao has said that a representation has been made to the State government seeking permission for opening fire on red sanders’ smugglers, saying that it would be an effective move to curb smuggling activities.

Speaking to the media in Chittoor here on Thursday, Mr. Kantha Rao, who is heading the Task Force (Red sanders operations) in Nellore, Prakasam and Rayalaseema districts, said that he was awaiting the nod from the State government for implementing the order which would involve no proceedings such as filing a case and prosecution.

The official expressed anguish that though 463 posts were sanctioned to the task force to carry out anti-smuggling operations, meagre 91 personnel had been allotted so far, making it a Herculean task to combat the menace in six districts.

The DIG further said that the list carrying names of forest officials who were allegedly operating in connivance with red sanders smugglers was being sent to the government. He warned that based on the government's instructions, such officials would be booked under criminal sections.

Rewards to people

Mr. Kantha Rao said that the government had given permission to auction over 7,000 vehicles which were seized during raids on smugglers.

He announced rewards to people for sharing information regarding smugglers and red sanders dumps.

Combing operation

He said that a round-the-clock combing operation with officer of DSP rank and three police parties was underway in the Seshachalam hills, apart from digital surveillance of vulnerable areas.

The official said letters were written to the police officials in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to extend their help in curbing the smuggling menace.

A list carrying names of forest officials who are allegedly operating in connivance with red sanders smugglers is being sent to the govt.

M. Kantha Rao,Head, Task Force (Red sanders operations)

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