As many as 76 red sanders logs, weighing nearly 2.25 tonnes, were seized by the Tirupati urban police as they raided a sawmill in Ramnagar district of Karnataka.

Displaying the recovered logs before the media here on Sunday, Tirupati Urban Superintendent of Police Abhishek Mohanty said that the raid was conducted based on the information given by the accused L. Madhu (35), who was arrested by Gajulamandyam police on July 7.

One arrested

Further investigation revealed that the accused was regularly involved in red sanders smuggling and pointed out to the facility, which was being used as a godown by inter-State smuggler Afsar alias Afroz.

The latter is wanted in six red sanders smuggling cases registered across Chittoor district.

In another incident, Gajulamandyam police arrested red sanders smugglesr S. Kumar (34) and recovered 22 logs, weighing 631.7 kg, alongside a truck. Other accused fled from the spot.

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