Pune: Red Sand Boa Snake Worth Rs 22 Lakh Seized By Crime Branch

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Pune, August 20, 2020: The officials from Pune City Police have arrested two persons for smuggling Red Sand Boa snake, a non-venomous snake, which is protected under Schedule IV of the Wild Life Protection Act 1972. The snake is considered lucky by many people due to superstition that it has supernatural power.

The arrested accused are Chandrakant Kashinath Deshmukh (50) of Ahmednagar and Mahesh Bhimaji Thorat (29) of Purandar. Police have recovered a 44-inch-long Red Sand Boa snake, weighing about 3 kg. The estimated cost of the snake is Rs 22 lakh.

DCP (Crime) Bachchan Singh had received information about the duo following which a trap was laid yesterday near the Jail Road Press Colony in Yerwada and the accused were arrested by Crime Branch Unit 2.

An FIR has been registered against the accused persons at Yerwada police station. The snake was handed over to the Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park, Katraj.