Five killed im road mishap. Red sanders anti-smuggling task force arrested four Tamil Nadu-based woodcutters and seized 46 red sanders logs during a combing operation inside the Seshachalam forests near Talakona in Chittoor district on Friday. In a major haul, red sanders anti-smuggling task force sleuths seized red sanders logs worth Rs 2 crore inside the Seshachalam forests near Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh on Friday. The accused was handed over to customs officials for further investigation. Five Tamil Nadu based red sanders smugglers and woodcutters were charred to death in a major road accident reported near Kadapa in the early hours on Monday. The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence DRI arrested two people and stopped a gang trying to smuggle Rs 4 crore red sanders out of the country by declaring it as onions.
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Arrests of smugglers by the taskforce, police and forest sleuths in the past few weeks indicate the intensity of smuggling activity. It may be recalled that the Chittoor district police wing had seized 2. Other major operations include nabbing eight smugglers and seizing Rs 3. In a fresh case, the task force has recovered 46 logs and arrested four smugglers from Thalakona forests on Friday. Smuggling activity in Seshachalam ranges had come to a standstill in March following the imposition of Covid lockdown.
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Pterocarpus santalinus , with the common names red sanders , red saunders , red sandalwood , Rakt Chandan , and saunderswood , is a species of Pterocarpus endemic to the southern Eastern Ghats mountain range of South India. The wood is not aromatic. The tree is not to be confused with the aromatic Santalum sandalwood trees that grow natively in South India.
Estimates suggest that there are more than 3, farmers across India who were unable to sell their produce due to the earlier export policy. Earlier, only seized logs from smugglers were being exported depending on state government rules. Red sanders Pterocarpus santalinus , known for its rich hue and therapeutic properties, is high in demand across Asia, particularly in China and Japan, for use in cosmetics and medicinal products as well as for making furniture, woodcraft and musical instruments.