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Smuggled hair worth Rs 2 crore seized from Myanmar border fuels politics in Andhra Pradesh

Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world visit the hill shrine in Andhra Pradesh and offer their hair as a mark of devotion Venkateswara


The seizure of smuggled worth Rs 2 crore along the India-Myanmar border has triggered political blame game in Andhra Pradesh. The hair was seized by a team of Assam Rifles.

Telegu Desam Party (TDP) on 30 March blamed the ruling YSRCP ‘gangsters’ for the illegal trafficking of human from the Tirumala Tirupati to foreign countries.

“The seizure of Rs 2 crore worth devotees’ exposed the unlawful activities. From this, it is clear how the YCP leaders are even running rackets that deal in human hair apart from sand, cement, liquor,” claimed former minister and TDP senior leader Ayyanna Patrudu.

Opposition party further demanded an explanation from the YS Jaganmohan Reddy government on why it has failed to curb the mafia menace at the highly revered Tirumala temple.

“By indulging in such activities, the YCP leaders are non-stop attacking the sentiments of the Hindu devotees. It is unfortunate that YS Jagan regime remained indifferent to the protection of the sanctity of the Seven Hills.” said the opposition leader.

Serchhip Battalion of 23 Sector, Assam Rifles, has caught the smugglers and seized 120 bags of human hair. The seizure was made from the Mizoram border.

Sources said the smugglers were transporting the to Myanmar. The hair would have been taken to Thailand and eventually to China.

Thousands of pilgrims and devotees from all over the world visit the hill in Andhra Pradesh and offer their as a symbol of devotion and respect to Lord Venkateswara.

Meanwhile, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) trust, which manages the hill abode of the lord, on 30 March clarified that the recent seizure has nothing to do with TTD.

TTD said its stock of tonsured hair, donated by devotees, are sold on the e-auction platform to international bidders.

Many temples in India carry out sale of human offered by devotees. TTD executes human hair sale on e-platform for every three months and it is a routine process,” said the trust.

It, however, did not deny the possibility of some bidder procuring the and then illegally transporting it to a foreign country.

TTD said that it will blacklist the companies if the authorities officially declare find some evidence against them.

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