Cop among six held for smug­gling 200kg red san­ders

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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