Mancherial: Sleuths of Ramagundam Task Force arrested three persons for allegedly smuggling spurious seeds at Indaram village in Jaipur mandal on Thursday. Another accused was absconding. Seeds worth Rs 3 lakh, a motorbike, trolley and three mobile phones were recovered from them.
Task Force Inspector AK Mahender said that the accused were Makineni Raghavendra, Pulikonda Yashwanth Krishna and Junari Subhash, residents of different parts of Mancherial town. Addanki Nageshwar Rao alias Urea Nageshwar Rao belonging to Guntur in Andhra Pradesh is still at large.
Raghavendra, Yashwanth and Subhash were detained when they were shipping the seeds from Andhra Pradesh to Mancherial by a trolley, following a tip.
During interrogation, the trio confessed to committing the crime to make a quick buck. They admitted that they were smuggling the seeds under the guise of transporting essentials. They disclosed that they were importing the seeds from Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka states and were selling the same to gullible farmers of erstwhile Adilabad district.