BENGALURU: A gang of five was arrested for transporting 1.5 tons of red sanders and the vehicle used for transporting the logs was also seized by the Mahalakshmi Layout Police on Thursday.
The arrested are Siddaraju, Prajwal, Lokesh, Devaraja and Govindaswamy. They had placed crates of tomato on the red sanders logs in the Mahindra Bolero goods vehicle in order to avoid detection
The seized red sanders logs and the Bolero
It is said that the gang had stolen the red sanders from the Devalapura forest in Mandya and were arrested when they were transporting the logs to Tamil Nadu.
Among the accused, Govindaswamy has several cases filed against him in some parts of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.