Cop among six held for smuggling 200kg red sanders
NAVI MUMBAI: A police naik posted at Kamothe police station and five others have been arrested by the New Panvel police for their alleged involvement in smuggling 200 kilograms of red sanders with fake documents.
Even as they smuggled the red sanders in February last year, the incident came to light after the Uran police detected a similar case and arrested 21 people in the past few weeks.
“The Uran police detected a theft case wherein a container of 390 kilograms of red sanders was stolen from their jurisdiction,” said Maloji Shinde, senior police officer from New Panvel police station.
“Some people arrested by them infor med the investigating officers that they had smuggled a container to Dubai through JNPT last year and t hat one police naik, t hen attached with New Panvel police station, was also involved,” said Shinde.
The police identified the police naik as Pandurang Bawre, 39, who was transferred to Kamothe police station a few months ago.
After interrogating him for several hours, the police formally arrested him on Sunday after getting confirmed reports against them.
“Bawre was not involved in the case registered by Uran police station. We have taken the suspects into our custody from Uran police station and are now interrogating them,” said Shinde.
When asked from which place that red sanders came, another police officer said, “Since the incident came to light after one year, we still don’t have all the details. We are now investigating the matter to find out who were real culprits behind it.”
Red sanders have a very high value in international market. Medicines for various diseases, ointments for burning injuries are made from these red sanders.
It is also used for blood purification and in preparing some ayurvedic medicines.
The export of red sanders is prohibited in terms of Convention on International Trade in Endangered species of wild flora and fauna (CITES) to which India is signatory.