Hyderabad: Four men were arrested by Forest officials for trying to sell a sandbox snake illegally on Wednesday. The arrest was carried out through a fraud operation launched after the Vigilance wing of the Prl. Chief Guardian of Forest (HoFF) received a complaint about the snake from reliable sources.
As part of the operation, a senior official of the Vigilance wing introduced himself as an interested buyer of the sandboat snake. The official, along with others from the Anti-Poaching Squad, tried on two occasions to catch the main accused Rohith in the act along with the Sand Boa Snake. Rohith, however, did not bring the reptile to try to verify whether they were true buyers.
On September 14, Rohith promised the department of vigilance that he would show the sandboa
snake and a price of Rs. 70 lakh. Rohith sent a message to the official in which he asked to meet with ECIL with money. The official, a DFO, kept a team consisting of the vigilance and poaching team, and another team that was made up of Forest Range Officer (Kesara) and his staff, at a nearby location with instructions to rohith in the act. to catch.
Forest Department officials even made a coded signal with their Google Live location. The DFO was asked to come to Nagaram where Rohith met him and three other people named Venkataramana, Sridhar and
Anjaneya Prasad, said a press note from the department on Wednesday. The other three accused told the DFO to follow them until they arrived at the home of Anjaneya Prasad at Nagaram.
When the DFO finally showed the sandboa snake, he motioned for his two teams to pull in and catch the accused. The DFO and its two teams raided the house where all four people were arrested. During the investigation, one of the accused named Venkataramana revealed that he found the red sandboa snake on a road near Ghatkesar and caught it to sell it for a few rupees.
Venkataramana said he tried to sell the snake through his friend Sridhar. Rohith, who had been in contact with many sandboa snake sellers, contacted Sridhar and in Anjaneya rope, who knew Sridhar. Everyone formed a group and wanted to sell the sandbox snake at a price of Rs. 70 lakhs.
After their arrest, a case was filed against the four accused and the reptile seized the officials of the forest department, who warned the public to believe in beliefs and people claim that reptiles like sandboa-snake supernatural powers possess.
‘In recent times, people have been marketing various protected wildlife, such as the Indian Star Turtle, Red Sand Boa, Barn Owl, etc.
their owners. Few claim that Red Sand Boas has’ Bio-Iridium ‘, which can be used as a medicine to cure HIV and cancer,’ reads the statement from the forest department.
Source: The Siasat Daily