NEW DELHI: The police busted a gang involved in the smuggling of red sandalwood and arrested four men. Around 6,000 kilograms of sandalwood worth Rs 3.5 crore was recovered from them.
The four were arrested from outer Delhi’s Alipur area on Tuesday, police said.
According to the police, L. Nahir (41), S. Rovek Kulanthai Raj (35), Thamimul Ansari (33) and Zafar Sathik(33) all hail from Chennai and were arrested when they were about to cross the Delhi border.
“We received information that some men are loading banned red sandalwood in their truck. Around 5pm, our teams reached GTK Road in Alipur and the truck was flagged down. On checking, we found 92 logs of red sandalwood covered in plastic. The men were apprehended and the logs were recovered. A forest official was informed to identify the recovered wood,” a senior police officer said.
An FIR has been registered and the police are on the lookout for their associates.