Cops nab sandalwood thieves who struck at Raj Bhavan

Jun 18, 2013, 08:07 IST | Sandip Kolhatkar

The Chatushringi police yesterday claimed to have busted a gang of seven sandalwood thieves that had sneaked inside the Raj Bhavan at Aundh Road in the wee hours last week and stole sandalwood

Cops have also arrested 79-year-old Hanumanta Dhanshetty, who bought the sandalwood from them, and have recovered logs of sandalwood tree weighing around 13 kg from his possession.

According to police, the culprits entered Raj Bhavan by scaling the compound wall, cut the sandalwood tree with sharp saws, made small logs out of them and sold them to Dhanshetty. “They had done a reece two days prior to the theft,” said DCP (Zone III) Shahaji Umap.

The thieves told the police that they had been stealing sandalwood trees for last 10 years from across the state. 

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