Red sanders logs worth Rs. 4 crore seized

: Red Sanders Anti Smuggling Task Force (RSASTF) officials seized 104 red sanders logs worth Rs. 4 crore during a combing operation in the Ragimanigunta forest area in A. Rangampet of Chandragiri mandal, in the early hours of Friday.

The task force officials, acting on a tip-off, embarked on a combing operation covering forest areas beyond the Eethagunta, Sachinodabanda, Cheekateegalakona regions near Srivari Mettu, with Srinivasa Mangapuram as the initial checkpoint.

Upon entering the stretch of forest near Ragimanigunta, the officials tracked down sets of footprints and followed the path until they heard voices, a few yards ahead. However, smuggling operatives, sensing the presence of the combing party, raised an alarm and began raining stones on the officials, forcing the latter to take refuge behind trees and bushes.

The combing party, comprising ten members, then fired one round in the air in self-defence, forcing the operatives to abandon their belonging and scurry deep into the forests. Task Force head and DIG M. Kantha Rao visited the spot at 3 a.m. and mobilised additional force to nab the culprits.

The value of recovered logs in the international market is said to be in the region of Rs.5-6 crore. In addition to the logs, officials seized items such as rice, dal, water, mosquito repellents, beedis, etc., which would enable the operatives to live in forests for months together.

Meanwhile, a team from the Tirupati Urban Police led by Armed Reserve DSP Ilayas Basha seized 28 red sanders logs from an SUV on the Chandragiri bypass road.

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