Mumbai: A trustee of a Dadar-based animal museum has lodged a complaint alleging that animals such as pythons and lizards worth Rs 4.55 lakh have been stolen from the establishment.
Prithviraj Pawar, a trustee of the Marine Aqua Zoo, on Tuesday noticed that two ball pythons, 2 red-tail boas, 1 carpet python, 1 blue eyed Lucy, 2 Argentine black and white Tegu lizards, 1 exotic blue-tongued skinks and 1 iguana were missing from the zoo.
Reptiles and animals were to be taken to the Somaiya Vidyavihar College
These animals were to be taken to the Somaiya Vidyavihar College campus for exhibition, Pawar said.
The police have registered an FIR against unknown person on the charges of theft and Shivaji Park police have initiated a probe.
Same place from where the baby crocodile had disappeared
This is the same place from where the baby crocodile had disappeared last month. The hatchling was later retrieved from the nearby civic-run Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Olympic Swimming Pool.
The BMC had alleged that the baby crocodile had come into the facility from the private zoo, which had denied the charge.
Civic body had lodged a complaint
The civic body had even lodged a complaint, prompting the forest department to initiate a probe.
Forest officers, who scanned the CCTV footage submitted by the zoo, could not unravel the mystery of crocodile's entry into the pool.