Red Sanders worth Rs 2.5 crore seized

Police seized Red Sanders wood worth Rs 2.5 crore from a farm house near Sorekunte Cross in Bommegowdana Palya here on Sunday.

Police sources said that red sandalwood, weighing seven tonnes, was stored at a farmhouse allegedly belonging to Suresh, a resident of Bommegowdana Palya. Acting on a tip-off, police conducted a raid on Sunday morning. However, Suresh fled the spot, police said.

The police also seized a car which was parked at the farmhouse. A special squad has been formed to catch the accused, police said.

Red sandalwood is known for its medicinal value. Police suspect that the wood was illegally transported from Andhra Pradesh and stored here to be exported.

It may be recalled that the police had recovered Red Sanders worth Rs 3 crore recently from a factory at Hirehalli Industrial Area here.

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