Sandalwood smuggling resurfaces in Male Mahadeshwara Hills | Mysuru News

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Mysuru: Almost two years after the death of forest brigand Veerappan, sandalwood smuggling action at Male Mahadeshwara Wildlife Sanctuary at Chamarajanagar district has resurfaced. Foresters assert that smugglers market sandalwood from the black market in Mysuru and Bengaluru.
couple of months ago, miscreants sliced seven sandalwood trees at Talabetta at MM Hills woods and smuggled them. A forest officer told TOI the MM Hills had watched sandalwood smuggling from Veerappan and his group two years past. “However, his departure had attracted smuggling to nearly zero. There were a few episodes in 2012. However, since the smugglers were detained, the situation returned to normal. Nevertheless, the recent episode is debilitating since it occurred as soon as the streets leading to the woods are closed as a result of lockdown,” the officer stated. It’s also a setback for the efforts of those foresters that are demanding MMWS to be announced as a tiger reserve, he included,
Meanwhile, foresters have begun collecting information about individuals with criminal record dwelling in the cities on the forest fringes. Since the woods checkposts and all entrance and exit points are shut, they suspect the smugglers after chopping the sandalwood trees may have concealed the logs somewhere in the woods since it’s almost impossible to transfer them from the woods. The forest staff conducted cleaning performance from Anethale to Talabetta to look for the logs.
Male Mahadeshwara wildlife branch deputy conservator of forests (DCF) V Yedukondalu stated that smugglers usually promote the smuggled sandalwood into middlemen from the black market in Mysuru and Bengaluru.

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