PUNE: Some unidentified persons breached the highly-secured Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park in Katraj and stole two sandalwood trees worth Rs 10,000 on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday.

The zoo is under the care of Pune Municipal Corporation.

Police said that the thieves managed to trespass the security cover of the zoo and scaled high walls along the with the heavy sandalwood trees.

Pradeep Budgude (45) of Dhankawadi, a security guard at the zoo, lodged a complaint with the Bharati Vidyapeeth police on Tuesday. In his complaint, Budgude said that the theft took place sometime after 11pm on Monday. The incident came to light on Tuesday morning when he saw the chopped trunks of the trees.

These trees were located near the Kitchen gate and monkey cage. In spite of the presence of 20 security guards at the zoo, the slick thieves managed to flee with two huge trees without getting caught. None of the security guards spotted the suspects with the trees.

Police have registered a case of theft and also invoked provisions of the Maharashtra Felling of Trees (Regulation) Act.



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