Sandalwood worth crores was seized by the Customs department at a Doraha-based godown following a complaint of one Goyal International a Jalandhar-based nut and bolt company on Thursday evening.
Sources said Goyal International had sent a consignment of nuts and bolts in a self-sealed container to Dubai. But it was taken to a Doraha-based godown. It made the Goyal International suspicious,and a complaint was lodged.
When the Customs raided the godown,they found about 6 tonnes of sandalwood from the container along with nuts and bolts in the front portion while nearly 8-10 tonnes of sandalwood was in the godown located near Rajgarh village of Doraha. The market value of sandalwood is expected to be in crores.
The Customs department said the forest department would measure this wood on Monday and assess its value. In open market,however,it is priced at about Rs 1,200 per kg.
Sources said sandalwood was brought from South India and was exported in a clandestine manner in other containers.
The godown is owned by a Ludhiana-based landlord who had given it on rent only about a fortnight ago. The Customs have sealed the godown and are finding out the person who took the godown on rent. Even the rent deed had not been signed as of now,added Customs officials.
DSP Amarjeet Singh Ghumman and SHO Amandeep Singh from Doraha visited the spot to provide assistance to the Customs officials.
Recently,825 tonnes of garbage had come from Europe. The consignment was meant for Shiva textiles but no one has come to claim it.