Indore : District forest department raided the clinic of a lady vaidya (alternate medical practitioner) and seized nails of lions and owls besides a reptile on Thursday. The vaidya was allegedly selling the nails illegally to the customers in Rs 5000. The team has seized five lions’ nails, seven owls’ nails and a dead reptile kept in a chemical.Forest department has sent the seized nails for verification to Jabalpur laboratory. A case will be registered against the accused under schedule 4 and schedule 1 (2) of Wildlife Protection Act 1972.
As per information, acting on a tip-off, a team led by district ranger RR Bilgaiyya raided the clinic of a lady vaidya Pushpa Srivastava, located in city’s posh area Baikunthdham. After searching the clinic, the team also inspected another centre of the vaidya at Anil Nagar.
“We have received information about the illegal selling of lion nails. During the raid, we have found various herbs and nails of animals. We have seized the five nails of lions and seven nails of owls kept in a glass jar,” Bilgaiyya said.
According to sources, Srivastava also displayed the nails in the ‘Van Mela’ organised by the forest department a few months ago.
“She displayed the nails with the tag of fake nails in the Van Mela. On the request of providing original nails, she was telling the costumers to come at her clinic. She was taking Rs 5000 to Rs 10000 for each nail,” sources said.
The Ranger said that they have sent the samples for verifying it at the laboratory and will take action against the accused as per the law.
Sand Boa seized from a couple
Acting on a tip-off, a team of forest department raided a house in Mamta Colony of Khajrana area on Thursday and seized a live Sand Boa from a couple.
The rare species of reptile was kept in water drum with its perforated top lid. According to Bilgaiyya, they have rescued the Sand Boa from the house of Abdul and Reshma. The couple has kept the snake in a water container. “It is a rare species of reptile and to keep it in house is illegal. The couple informed us that they had bought in from a village near Maharashtra-MP border in Rs 40,000,” he said. The ranger further said that the couple also excused keeping the snake due to their medical complications, as suggested by their parents.