Red sandalwood seized in Shillong

Staff correspondent
 SHILLONG, Sept 13 – A joint team of Customs Shillong-Silchar and BSF today seized 110 Red sandalwood (Pterocarpus santalinus) logs weighing 2,409 kg on the Silchar-Mizoram National Highway.According to Customs officials here the seizure was made possible after a tip off from intelligence agencies following which the joint team swung into action.

“A joint team of Customs Headquarters Preventive Units of Shillong and Silchar assisted by BSF personnel seized the consignment,” IR Kharkongor, Deputy Commissioner of Customs, Shillong, said.

Kharkongor added that the consignment was transported from South India and was meant for smuggling to Myanmar. The value of the seized logs is estimated at Rs 60.22 lakh.

Red Sandalwood has been declared as an endangered species under the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and also listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

A case under the provisions of Customs Act, 1962 has been registered. Further investigation of the case is on.

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