HYDERABAD: An inter-state red sanders- smuggling racket has been busted and four people were arrested in this connection, police said here on Thursday.
Red sanders weighing about 2.5 tonne and a car totally worth Rs 1 crore have been seized from them, the police said.
N Radha Krishna, who is the kingpin of the racket, used to smuggle the wood from Kadapa district in Andhra Pradesh and store it in Pedda Shapur village, Hyderabad police commissioner Anjani Kumar said.
Acting on a tip-off, a police team nabbed the prime accused, along with three others, while he was moving in a car with a fake number plate and carrying the red sanders samples to show to prospective customers, police said.
Red sanders wood grows mainly in Seshachalam Hills spread across Kadapa, Chittoor and Kurnool in the Rayalaseema region and parts of Nellore district in Andhra Pradesh, though majority of red sanders-smuggling takes place from Chittoor and Kadapa.(PTI)
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