Raipur, Mar 19
An interstate gang of wildlife smugglers was busted in the state capital and a protected species of snake ‘Red Sand Boa’ was rescued from them on Friday.
“Following a precise inputs about smugglers looking out for customers to sell snake of a rare species, the sleuths of Raipur Police’s Cyber Cell swung into action and raided a house at old Rajendra Nagar under Civil Lines police station limits today and rounded-up four persons along with recovery of ‘Red Sand Boa’,” said Additional Superintendent of Police (City) Lakhan Patle, elaborating that the snake was safely rescued.
During interrogation, the arrested accused revealed that they had purchased the snake at Rs 10 lakh from Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh and were looking for customers to sell it for Rs 30 lakh, said ASP Patle.
According to ASP Patle, the accused smugglers arrested by Cyber Cell were identified as Kiran KP (31), Raj Kiran (28), Rinu B (27) and Sanil (33), all natives of Kerala. The accused smugglers were residing here in a rented house and working as painters. A four-wheeler (KL 25 G 7601) used in the crime and five mobile handsets were seized by the police.
The arrested accused and rescued ‘Red Sand Boa’ were handed-over to the forest department for the further course of action, added ASP Patle.
Police officials further informed that the rescued snake is protected under Schedule IV of the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972. The snake is popularly known as a two-headed snake as its round tail resembles a head, the snake is considered a near threatened (NT) species and is much in demand in the international market for its so-called medicinal properties and also because of a superstition that its possession brings good luck.