Wood-laden truck seized in Rayagada, smugglers held

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Rayagada: Forest department officials have seized a wood-laden truck near Mukundapur village under Gunupur block in Rayagada district and arrested two persons in this connection.

The accused persons have been identified as K Suresh (52) of Vijaywada area and G Krishna Rao of Gurandi village in the district.

Acting on a tip-off, Gunupur ranger Ashok Kumar Pradhan along with other personnel intercepted a timber-laden truck (AP-16-TJ-5187) on suspicion near Mukundapur-Belamguda road late last night and conducted a search. Sources said that the wood logs were transporting to Andhrapradesh.

During the search, the forest personnel seized 62 pieces of wood logs worth over Rs 1 lakh and the vehicle and arrested the accused persons.

A case(139/2109) has been registered against the two accused persons and are being interrogated, added sources.

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