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December 23, 2009

50 tonnes of red sandalwood on way to China seized in Leh

     Leh: Police authorities seized 50 tonnes red sandalwood worth hundreds of millions in international market from Leh. Police officials said that this red sandalwood, which was brought to Leh via Manali, was hidden in an enclosure compound in Shey village, 12 kilometres from Leh. One person has been arrested so far. A case has been registered under the Forest Act, the Bio-diversity Act and the Wildlife Act. "Fifty tonnes of red sandalwood has been seized from Shey village. Basically, the red sandalwood is found in Andhra Pradesh. These smugglers brought logs of sandalwood from there and were about transport it to China when our police and the Forest Department caught them," said B S Tuti, Senior Superintendent of Police. "The smugglers used to transport the sandalwood by trucks, and cover the same with cartons full of tomatoes and oranges to get through the border check-posts without any hassles," he added. Despite a ban on its export, the sandalwood is smuggled out of the country to places like China and Japan.
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