Cuttack: The Special Task Force(STF) of Crime Branch have seized 4.60 quintals of sandalwood worth over Rs 70 lakh from Dalajodi jungle under Tangi police limits in Cuttack district and have arrested three persons in this connection.
The three accused have been identified as Hemanta Chatois of Tangi area, Dandapani Das of Khandapada area in Nayagarh district and Kanhu Chanran Bhoi of Tangi area.
On basis of reliable information, the STF detected a case of illegal possession and deal of sandalwood by the smugglers and raided. During the search, the STF seized sandalwood weighing 4.60 quintals worth more than 70 lakhs and arrested three persons.
They also seized other incriminating articles from their possession.
As the accused could not produce any valid license or documents in support of possession of such huge quantity of sandalwood. A case has been registered at Tangi police station for necessary legal action.
The police have also started an investigation.