NARSINGHPUR: Police on Monday arrested a man on the charge of smuggling planks of illegally felled teak trees and confiscated the precious wood in local Station police outpost area. The estimated worth of the seized wood is around Rs 15,000.According to sources, an informer told the cops that the teak would be smuggled to Narsinghpur sometime between the Sunday midnight and in the early Monday morning.
The outpost in-charge Raman Singh Markam beefed the patrolling on the route according to the received inputs from the informer.Around 5am on Monday, the patrolling team spotted a man carrying five teak planks near a Hanuman temple at Vidya Nagar locality of Khamaria village. He was heading towards Murachh village with the illegally obtained woods.
Police took him in custody and interrogated him about the teak he was taking with him.The man identified himself as Khoobchand Dhanak, 48, son of Lakshman Dhanak, a resident of Khamaria village. When Dhanak was asked to produce the bilty of the woods he was supposed to get from the foresters, he failed to do that.
The cops brought him to Station police outpost where a case under sections 41 (1-4) of the CrPC and 379 of the IPC was registered against him. The police patrolling team which arrested the teak smuggler was comprised of outpost in-charge Raman Singh Markam, head constables Jitendra, KP Dwivedi and R Vijay.