Shillong (Meghalaya ):Acting on a tip off , a joint team of Shillong and Silchar Customs Preventive Force along with personnel of BSF, Machimpur Company has seized 110 logs of Red Sander (Pterocarpus santalinus) weighing 2409 kg from a place near Silchar-Mizoram national Highway on Wednesday.
The Value of the seized logs is estimated at Rs. 60.22 Lakhs. A case under the provisions of Customs Act, 1962 has been registered. Initial investigation indicates that the consignment was transported from South India and was meant for smuggling to Myanmar.
Red Sander 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 .