22 red sandalwood smugglers held

Tirumala police arrested 22 Red Sandalwood smugglers at sheshachalam forest area near here last night. Police here said the smugglers were taken into custody when they were transporting red sandalwood illegally from Sheshachalam forest area in Tirumala hills. Two tonnes of logs worth about Rs 50 lakhs and four vehiclesused by the smugglers for transportation of the red sandalwoodwere also seized from them, police said.