108 ambulance service vehicle smuggled in teak wood; 2 outfits

An ambulance from the 108 Integrated Call Center, which responds to medical emergencies in Madhya Pradesh, was caught carrying teak logs with an oxygen cylinder in the Katthiwada area of ​​Alirajpur district, about five kilometers from the Gujarat border, an official said on Monday. .

Local residents stopped the vehicle late on Saturday evening after suspecting it could be smuggling chopped teak wood from the Bhavra area or alcohol, and then notified forestry department staff, the Forestry Department said. responsible.

“We learned around 10 pm on October 23 that a vehicle carrying teak wood from Bhavra was arriving in Katthiwada. However, before we could get there, the villagers had intercepted the vehicle. He was part of Ambulance Service 108 with his registration starting with MP 02, ”Katthiwada ranger Yogendra Singh Bilwal told PTI on Monday morning.

“The seized teak wood, the cutting of which is prohibited throughout India, is worth Rs 15,000. The driver Vikram Dhakat (29 years old) and his assistant Arun Bamania (30 years old), who fled the scene, were arrested afterwards. They told us that the teak wood was taken to a police officer, “he added.

Ambulance service 108 is run by the MP government under the public-private partnership model.

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