Upon receiving information about doubtful activities in Haritha Colony, a forest fringe habiation in the western suburbs of Tirupati, Divisional Forest Officer M. Nagarjuna Reddy deputed a team led by Forest Officer S. C. Subbarayudu and his deputy T. Ramana Reddy. The cops decide to wait around the suspected area while it is within visible distance to catch hold of the red sanders logs awaiting a truck. Neither side made their first movement for a very long time.
Around 3:30 am, the officers spotted a truck stealthy entering the forest to transport the logs. The truck left 30 minutes later after loading the logs into it. The forest officials rushed towards the truck to stop it, but it was all in vain. The truck got on to the highway towards Chennai and the officials had to chase down truck. When they intercepted it after a kilometer, the driver brought the vehicle to a halt near the jungle and escaped into the darkness. No suspects were caught.
The red sanders logs weighing 3 tons were brought to the forest office along with the abandoned vehicle. The value of the logs is estimated to be Rs. 30 lakhs in the open market.
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