Bhopal: Six involved in trade of Sand Boa snake arrested

Six persons have been arrested, while they were trying to sale a Sand-boa snake that sells for over Rs 10 lakh in the international market, on Tuesday. The accused have been booked under the sections 9, 39, 48 A and 51 of the wildlife act 1972.

Acting on a tip off that the accused were standing near security lines at around 02:30 am when a team of Govindpura police swooped in on them. SHO Ashok Singh Parihar said those arrested are: Sandeep Kurre, 26, Harish Kurre, 27, Ravi Namdev, 28, Arif Shah, 20, Jagdish Jatav,35 and Omprakash Meena 40.

He said that the accused Jatav and Meena had come to sell the snakes while others including Harish, Sandeep, Namdev and Shah were the customers. SHO said that the accused are farm labourers and caught the snake while working. The snake has been handed over to the forest department while accused have been sent to jail.

Notably, on October 23 the Shahpura police had arrested two babas while they were trying to sell snakes. It in June this year, a team of Special task force (STF) had arrested as many as five persons with three sand boa snakes from the Katara hills area after which they revealed the names of five others of their other accomplices who were also arrested later by the police.

The smugglers consider the sand boa as an easy way to make money as it can fetch a very lucrative amount in the international market which is why their smuggling is rampant in most parts of the state.

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