Red sanders-smuggling racket busted, 4 arrested Hyderabad, Nov 7 (PTI) An inter-state red san

Red sanders-smuggling racket busted, 4 arrested Hyderabad, Nov 7 (PTI) An inter-state red sanders-smugglingracket has been busted and four people have beenarrested in this connection, police said here on Thursday.

The red sanders weighing about 2.5 tonne and acar totally worth Rs 1 crore have been seized from them, thepolice said.

N Radha Krishna, who is the kingpin of the racket,used to smuggle the wood from Kadapa district in AndhraPradesh and store it inPedda Shapur, a village, near here,Hyderabad police commissioner Anjani Kumar said.

Acting on a tip-off, a police team nabbed the primeaccused, along with three others, while he was moving in a carwith a fake number plate and carrying the red sanders samplesto show to prospective customers, police said.

Red sanders, also known as red sandalwood, is a valuablewood which has a huge demand overseas.

The wood grows mainly in Seshachalam Hills spread acrossKadapa, Chittoor and Kurnool in the Rayalaseema region andparts of Nellore district in Andhra Pradesh, though majorityof red sanders-smuggling takes place from Chittoor and Kadapa.

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