New Delhi: A Bengaluru-based driver’s try and smuggle purple sandalwood, imitating the fashion of Allu Arjun blockbuster ‘Pushpa: The Rise’, was thwarted after police intercepted his truck and seized the smuggled timber.
In line with a report by Republic World, the accused, recognized as Yasin Inayithulla, was impressed by the reel methods of smuggling purple sandalwood as proven within the Telegu movie and tried to duplicate it in actual life.
Inayithulla was enroute from the Karnataka-Andhra border to Maharashtra when Maharashtra police at Gandhi Chowk, Meeraj Nagar, Sangli district, apprehended him after he crossed the state border and seized the sandalwood value Rs 2.45 crore and the truck value Rs 10 lakh.
Talking in regards to the incident, Sangli Superintendent of Police (SP) Dikshit Gedam mentioned that they’d obtained details about the sandalwood being smuggled throughout the state. Appearing on the tip-off, the police launched a joint operation with the forest officers and carried out a raid at Zakat Nakka.
“Throughout this raid, we seized one automobile and arrested one accused. We discovered round 1 ton of sandalwood value Rs 2.45 crore and the automobile is value Rs 10 lakhs. We had registered the case beneath IPC sections 379, 34 and varied sections of the forest act have additionally been invoked,” the police officer was quoted as saying by Republic World.
Within the movie, the lead character was proven to handle a large crime syndicate. He would load his truck with the smuggled purple sandalwood after which cowl it with milk.
Accused Inayithulla, leaving no stone unturned in imitating Pushpa’s fashion, had loaded the truck with purple sandalwood after which lined it up with fruit and vegetable bins, and pasted a sticker studying ‘Covid-19 important merchandise’ on the automobile.
His trick managed to get him throughout the Karnataka border with none trouble solely to be intercepted by the Maharashtra police.
Police officers mentioned that they’re investigating the matter to determine the community behind the crime and the way they perform their smuggling operations.