On Saturday, Forest Department and Red Sanders Task Force groups seized Red Sanders landfills in two different locations in Kadapa and Chittoor districts.
Divisional Forest Officer (Rajampeta) G. Srinivasulu told the media at Railway Kodur that four forces were being formed to comb the Seshachalam hills in the division. A team spotted the movement of two Srikalahasti-based red grinders smuggling agents near Railway Kodur and took them into custody.
During the interrogation it emerged that they were ready to facilitate the transport of Rotschleifer logs that were dumped in the forest edge areas, and these were confiscated along with a motorcycle. Similarly, another 30 logs were seized from a forest site by a team from Obulavaripalle in the Rajampeta division.
In the second incident, Chittoor Police, along with Task Force Red Sanders, raided Gangamma Kona forest near a hill in Nagalapuaram Mandal and confiscated 101 Red Sanders tribes scattered across 10 landfills. High-ranking officials from Tirupati rushed over to inspect the site. The confiscated tribes were relocated to Tirupati. One case was registered.
DFO (Rajampeta) G. Srinivasulu said that protecting the wealth of the Red Sanders in the hills of Seshachalam is a top priority.
To celebrate World Environment Day in Rajampeta, the DFO said that in addition to the existing forces, new teams would be formed and combing would be intensified to prevent Red Sanders employees from entering.
He urged the residents of the forest edge villages to work with the forest staff and to pass on information about the movement of the intruders and to help protect the wealth of the red grinders.