New force to tackle red sanders smuggling

Updated - February 21, 2015 05:45 am IST

Published - February 21, 2015 12:00 am IST - TIRUPATI:

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) A.V. Joseph on Friday took stock of the newly established Red Sanders Anti Smuggling Task Force (RSASTF) unit at the Forest Department complex at Kapilatheertham and reviewed works taken up at the facility.

During his interaction with RSASTF Head and Deputy Inspector-General of Police M. Kantha Rao, Mr. Joseph promised to extend all necessary help to the task force to curb red sanders smuggling.

The officials maintained there had been a decline in smuggling activities and promised to nullify the incidents in the future. Later, Mr. Joseph inspected the Red Sanders Central Warehouse in Renigunta.

New facility

The Police Training College (PTC) near Kalyani Dam, abutting Seshachalam forests, has been chosen as the location for setting up the office of non-cadre Superintendent of Police and barracks for RSASTF members. According to senior police officials, the spot has been chosen after holding a series of consultations with Director-General of Police J.V. Ramudu, who said that an office close to the forest would provide a vantage point and can effectively counter the operations of red sanders smugglers.

Promises necessary help to eradicate red sanders smuggling from the grassroots level

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