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Sandalwood poached in Raheja Residency

Koramangala loses another precious tree – a sandalwood. This time it is at the posh Raheja Residency Apartment premises in Koramangala 3rd Block where it is manned by security guards round the clock.
The theives have managed to poach sandalwood after cutting down the tree near the A block in the wee hours of Thursday. The Koramangala Police were informed when the residents woke up to see the remaining stump.
The police are investigating. This is the second incident in Raheja Residency.
First time it was in February 2008, when the theives were sawing a sandalwood tree, the alert security guards had foiled their attempts. Recently in November last year a sandalwood tree was poached in the 12th Main Park which is incidentally also in the wee hours of a Thursday.
It may be recalled that three years ago during the first week of September 2011, two sandalwood trees that were at the entrance of the neighbouring 3rd Block playground were felled by the thieves. But then they had failed to take it away due to presence of private security persons.
Another incident that reminds the residents is seven years ago one more tree in St John’s Hospital premises was cut down by theives.
Koramangala is home to sandalwood trees since ages. Hence you can see it in many parks and some houses. The tree belongs to Santalaceae family. There are two species of the genus, Santalum; particuarly Santalum album and Santalum spicatum. Santalum album, or Indian sandalwood, is currently endangered.

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