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Red wood Smugglers change routes to skip cops

Kadapa: Red sanders smuggling goes on unabated in YSR district as smugglers have changed routes to export the precious wood to Chennai and Bengaluru. Earlier, smugglers used to export red sanders from Kadapa to Chittoor district. But frequent raids by poli-ce and forest officials compelled the culprits to smuggle these through Kadiri. Smugglers are often transporting them under papayas, mangoes and …

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Kadapa district is blessed with a series of beautiful valleys through which holy rivers like Pinakini (Pennar), Papaghni, Chitravathi, Mandavya, Cheyyeru cut across the district giving the land sanctity of their own. The river Penna is the most important river flowing right through the District whose legend is incorporated in a sasanam (inscription) at Gandikota.

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