The Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam (TTD) today denied any links with the illegal consignment of human hair seized at the Indo-Myanmar border in Mizoram by the Indian Army while being transported to China.
In a statement issued here today, the TTD PRO explained that “We (TTD) do sell human hair collected on the hill shrine through international tendering system on e-platform after collecting GST from the highest quoted bidder. But it is not TTD’s concern whether the bidder has any export permissions for the same or to sell the same in local markets within the country”.
He further said that this is a routine practice and bidding will take place once every 3 months and announced that the TTD would blacklist them if the authorities intimate them the names of those indulging in illegal transport of human hair.
It may be recalled, the Assam Riffles at the Indo-Myanmar border in Mizoram seized two DCM trucks loaded with 120 bags containing human hair worth Rs 2 Crore in February. The consignment said to be coming from Tirupathi in Andhra Pradesh to be transported to China via Myanmar and Thailand.
This evoked much political heat on social media in Andhra Pradesh with political parties accusing each other of involving in the human hair scandal following which the TTD has given clarification today.