Red sandalwood smuggling racket busted, goods worth crores seized


Mumbai: Several cases are coming up in the country in the past, meanwhile, the Mumbai Crime Branch has revealed a racket smuggling red sandalwood. The Crime Branch team has detained four people from Mumbai with red sandals worth about Rs 1.78 crore. Red sanders are also known as rect sandalwoods. This rare wood is found only in the jungles of Rayalaseema region of South India.

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The same wood is used to make medicines and to make artefacts and furniture, which are very rare and very expensive. In recent years, there have been many cases of smuggling of red sandalwood in countries of Middle East, Europe and China. Last 3 April, officers of Unit 5 of Mumbai Crime Branch received a complaint that a large consignment of Red Sanders was being taken from Sion-Mahink Road in Dharavi. Based on this information, the team of Crime Branch laid a trap there. Mohini Lokhande, Senior Police Inspector of Unit 5, found the opportunity to identify a tempo running at high speed with Red Sanders.

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Subsequently, informants came to know that Tempo took off red sandalwood at a warehouse on Sahar Road, Andheri. On receipt of the news, the team of Crime Branch raided the godown and seized 1779.585 kilograms of red sanders i.e. red sandalwood from there. Also, four criminals were detained. Those who are being questioned further.

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