A sandalwood thief who used to steal from the premises of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and the nearby Sankey Lake in north Bangalore has been arrested by the city police. The police have seized sandalwood worth Rs 20 lakh that was stolen by him.
Police said they tried to flag down a suspicious car in the course of routine night checks at a check point near the High Grounds police station in central Bangalore but the driver of the car sped away. Police, however, noted the registration number of the car and tracked down the owner to Sarayipalya in east Bangalore.
The police arrested Imdadulla after he was identified as the man who had sped away from the police check point. Investigations have revealed that Imdadulla had been smuggling sandalwood from several years.
Imdadulla told the police that he used to hire labourers from Tamil Nadu and bring them to Bangalore to steal sandalwoord trees from the IISc and Sankey Lake premises. Imdadulla employed a modus operandi where he would roam around the city in his car in the day time to scout for Sandalwood trees and at night he would bring workers from Tamil Nadu to surreptiously cut the trees. Police are investigating links between the sandalwood thief and buyers of his stolen goods.