Man involved in sandalwood smuggling held in Asola village
New Delhi: Delhi Police on Wednesday said that they have arrested one person involved in sandalwood smuggling from Asola village.
As many as eight logs weighing 571.400 kg red sandalwood recovered which cost around Rs. 50 lakh in the Indian market and about Rs 2 crore in International, Chinese market.
Police identified the accused Amit Verma a resident of Siliguri.
He was arrested after the police team received information that illegal Red Sandalwood was lying in a godown taken on rent by the accused in Asola village. A raid was conducted and police arrested the accused.
"To identify the recovered logs, a Wildlife Inspector was called on the spot, who identified the recovered logs as Red Sanders (Pterocarpus Santalinus) and are of superior quality," police said.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (crime) Dr G Ramgopal Naik said that the accused along with his other associate are smuggling the illegal Red Sandalwood from Karnataka with the help of one
"The illegal Red Sandalwood smuggled from Karnataka to Delhi in trucks concealing with the help of a scrap of clothes and after coming the same was delivered to the Delhi based receivers," DCP Naik said.
He further said that two Nepal Nationals are the main receivers of the illegal Red Sandalwood in Delhi and NCR who further smuggle them to China and other countries.
The accused revealed that his cousin brothers are also involved in Red Sandalwood smuggling, who has been earlier arrested by the STF team of Crime Branch in September 2018.
So, he got an idea of making easy money by smuggling Red Sandalwood, police