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Mumbai: Four held for ‘link’ in illegal supply of sandalwood

The Mumbai Crime Branch on Sunday arrested 4 individuals for their alleged involvement in illegal transportation of pink sandalwood.

Police stated the accused, who that they had deliberate to intercept and catch close to T-junction in Sion, fled the spot initially. The police then raided their godown in Sahar and seized 1,779-kg pink sandalwood, value Rs 1.77 crore.

Police officers stated the arrested have been recognized as Prasad Khamkar, Manish Tatyane, Nishant Malhotra and Harindra Tiwari. Crime Branch officers stated that they had acquired a tip-off {that a} group was planning to illegally transport pink sandalwood.

“We came to know about their route. Accordingly, around 6.15 pm on Saturday, we laid a trap near T-junction and when we tried to stop the tempo, the driver sped it away,” stated an officer.

Later, the Crime Branch officers adopted the tempo and noticed that the products have been offloaded in a godown in New Sanjay Nagar on Sahar Road in Andheri East.

“A team then went there and conducted a raid,” stated an officer. Eventually, the accused have been arrested and the sandalwood, which was saved in 54 white sacks, seized. The police additionally seized the tempo that was used as a way to supply the products.

During investigation, the police learnt that the sandalwood had been dropped at Mumbai from Mysore. Following the seizure, the Crime Branch officers early on Sunday registered a case on the Dharavi police station.

“We are trying to identify their suppliers based in Karnataka. So far, we have learnt that the four accused had ordered the sandalwood and were planning to sell it further,” an officer stated.

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