Three men have been arrested in two different places in Gummidipoondi region for allegedly smuggling in red sanders to Chennai. Logs weighing about 600 kg, a car and a minivan were seized from them.
The accused have been identified as Karthik of Pathirivedu, Guruprasad of Venkatagiri and Sinnarasu of GR Kandigai. Karthik and Sinnarasu were arrested by Pathirivedu police, during a regular vehicle check on Wednesday.
Police said that two men in a car from Andhra Pradesh stopped a few metres away after seeing police checking vehicles at Thervaikandigai village and ran away. Police searched the vehicle and found huge logs of red sanders hidden inside. After a few minutes, two men on bike were passing by the road in a suspicious manner.
When they were questioned, police found out that they had accompanied the car. Both Karthik and Sinnarasu are being interrogated about the others and the source of red sanders.
In another incident, Arambakkam police intercepted a minivan coming in from Andhra Pradesh and found seven red sanders logs. The driver Guruprasad from Nellore Venkatagiri has been arrested. The seized red sanders have been estimated to be worth Rs 6 lakh.