Red sanders trade

Law of the jungle

Print edition : May 15, 2015

The scene of the "encounter" in the Seshachalam forest near Tirupati on April 7. Photo: K.V. Poornachandra Kumar

Police and forest officials with the arrested workers and seized red sanders logs at Vanipenta forest office in Kadapa district on January 29. Photo: By Special Arrangement

The nexus between the timber mafia, politicians and government officials and the rivalry over the control of the illegal red sanders trade are said to be behind the police action that killed 20 woodcutters from Tamil Nadu.
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