Telangana: Hyderabad: May 13 (HS) With the arrest of two persons, Rachakonda police have busted an interstate red sanders smuggling racket in Hyderabad while operating from Andhra Pradesh to Telangana at Moula Ali late on Thursday.
The arrested persons were Shaik Mohammed Rafi from Kadapa and M.Basheer Ahmed from Sainikpuri, both banana traders and natives of Andhra Pradesh. The absconding person is Murthy from Kadapa district.
Police said the suspects who transport bananas across the country, decided to smuggle red sanders for easy money. They came in contact with Murthy , who sold them the sanders. They brought the load and hid it at Moula Ali in Malkajgiri. Following a tip-off, the police raided the place and nabbed them and seized 1,500 kilos of red sandal wood logs worth Rs.60 lakh.
Hindusthan Samachar/Putta Suman