Red sand boa snake worth Rs 50 lakh seized in Maharashtra’s Navi Mumbai; one arrested

Police kept a watch near a bus stand in Panvel area of Navi Mumbai and seized the snake, worth around Rs 50 lakh in the illegal wildlife market

Press Trust of India November 05, 2019 17:25:52 IST
Red sand boa snake worth Rs 50 lakh seized in Maharashtra’s Navi Mumbai; one arrested
  • A red sand boa snake, which is a protected species under Wildlife (Protection) Act, has been seized, one person arrested from Maharashtra's Navi Mumbai

  • Police kept a watch near a bus stand in Panvel area of Navi Mumbai and seized the snake, worth around Rs 50 lakh in the illegal wildlife market

  • The police were trying to find out whom the accused wanted to sell the snake

Thane: A red sand boa snake, which is a protected species under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, has been seized and one person arrested from Maharashtra's Navi Mumbai township, police said on Tuesday.

Red sand boa snake worth Rs 50 lakh seized in Maharashtras Navi Mumbai one arrested

Representational image. Reuters

Acting on a tip-off, the police kept a watch near a bus stand in Panvel area of Navi Mumbai and seized the snake, worth around Rs 50 lakh in the illegal wildlife market, from one Prasad Jadhav (20) on Sunday, Navi Mumbai police's assistant inspector Nilesh Rane said.

Jadhav, who was trying to sell the reptile, was arrested and booked under relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code and Wildlife (Protection) Act, he said. Sand boas are used for making certain medicines, cosmetics, and black magic, and are in huge demand in the international market.

"The non-poisonous snake has a blunt tail with rounded tip. A rounded head similar to the shape of its tail gives rise to a misbelief that it has two heads and is used to cheat people by claiming that it will bring good luck," Rane said. The police were trying to find out whom the accused wanted to sell the snake, he added.

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