Nashik : Mhasrul police succeeded in busting a gang involved in smuggling of sandalwood trees from city and rural area. They nabbed one member of the gang and seized sandalwood worth Rs 6.5 lakh and other goods amounting to total Rs. 7.5 lakh from him.
This incident came to light due to alert beat marshals of Mhasrul police station. They chased a gang of smugglers prepared to smuggle sandalwood trees after cutting them from a farm in Mhasrul Shivar and succeeded in nabbing one member. His accomplices ran away leaving two-wheelers there. Police seized two two-wheelers and sandalwood logs worth Rs. 7.5 lakh. It had come to light that this gang axed 25 trees in the area.
The name of the suspect is Suraj Madhukar Dabhade (resident of Kalaram temple, north entrance, Panchavati). According to police when beat marshals of Mhasrul police station Temgar and Bhoye were patrolling on Saturday afternoon, they found sandalwood trees logs on the edge of a nullah heading to Waghadi river in Mhasrul Shivar. When these police personnel walked further, they found a gang of 3-4 youths axing sandalwood trees. After noticing the police personnel, the suspects ran away from the place. After police personnel chased them they were succeeded in nabbing Suraj Dabhade.
The police seized Pulsar bikes (MH 15 FS 0627 and MH 15 BF 2423) and sandalwood logs worth Rs. 6.5 lakh which were kept in a sack. As per complaint by Sitaram Madhav Satkar (resident of Satkar Farm, Warwandi Road, Mhasrul), a case has been registered at Mhasrul police station under the Protection and Preservation of Trees Act. Further investigation into the case is going on under guidance of DCP Laxmikant Patil and senior police inspector Subhash Deshmukh.