Telangana

23 red sanders seized, two operatives held

The Red Sanders Anti Smuggling Task Force (RSASTF) officials nabbed two smuggling operatives and seized 23 red sanders logs, during a combing operation in the forest areas abutting Sri Venkateswara Nagar near S.V. Zoological Park, in the early hours of Monday.

Off late, the region in Seshachalam forests has turned into a hotbed of smuggling activities and had registered several skirmishes between the operatives and task force officials. Following the regular trial on Monday, the combing party came face to face with smuggling operatives, transporting red sanders logs to an undisclosed location.

Alarmed by this confrontation, the operatives rained stones on the combing party injuring few officials, including RSI Vasu who was leading the team. In a bid to stop the onslaught, the officials fired one round in the airas an act of self defence.

Subsequently, they abandoned the logs and fled deep into the forests, according to RSASTF officials.

However, they managed to nab two operatives - Mani (40) and Periya Paiyan (45).



Officials fire one round in the air to prevent stone pelting by operatives



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