Andhra Pradesh police arrests woman from city

Kolkata: Andhra Pradesh Police with the assistance of West Bengal CID arrested a woman here today against whom an arrest warrant was issued by a court.

Sangita Chatterjee (27), who was granted bail by a court here on condition that she would appear before a Chittoor court in connection with her alleged involvement in a red sandalwood smuggling racket, was arrested by Andhra Pradesh Police from her Garia flat today, a senior officer of the CID said.

Sangita, who was an air hostess, was earlier arrested around eight months ago by Andhra Pradesh Police for her alleged links to a red sandalwood smuggling racket. During her arrest then, police had seized two kilogrammes of gold and half kilogramme of Platinum from her bank locker and also recovered original deeds of four flats in Kolkata, an officer of Andhra Police said.

The woman was granted bail by Alipore magistrate on condition to attend Chittoor court which she did not comply following which an arrest warrant was issued, he added.

Sangita’s boyfriend Markondan Laxman, a red sandalwood smuggler was arrested in November 2015 from the city in connection with the case, the officer said.

Laxman is presently lodged in Madanapalle sub-jail in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh.

“He started smuggling since 2002 and had earned over Rs 100 crore and this woman was his associate,” the officer said.

The AP Police team left for Tirupati with the accused woman.