October 28th, 2011
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1 crore worth red sandalwood seized

red sandalwoodKochi: Director of Revenue Intelligence stated that Rs 1 crore worth red sandalwood from a container lorry at the Vallarpadam Transhipment Terminal which was being smuggled to Dubai. The sandalwood was seized during a DRI raid held today at 4am.Two persons were arrested in connection with the incident.

Driver Shibu and cleaner Raghu hailing from Eranakulam were arrested. The sandalwood was brought to Kerala via roadways from Andra Pradesh. According to documents, the container, when it left Asian terminal, was loaded with rubber mats. But later it was transferred and loaded with red sandalwood and taken to Vallarpadam to be smuggled abroad.

IG Tomin Thachangeri’s brother,Tison Thachankarri is suspected to have a role in the smuggling. The sandalwood was seized from the container belonging to Asian Terminal, owned by ,Tison Thachankarri. CISF officers prevented the entry of the DRI officials who were following the container. This action of the CISF officers has become controversial. Due to security reasons and since it is a SEZ zone, the DRI officials were prevented from entering the compound. After a long wait of one and half hours, the DRI officials entered the premises along with the help of the police, and seized red sandalwood in the raid.

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