Thane crime branch officials have, in teh past week, arrested two people for alleged illegal trafficking of sand boa snake and one for smuggling elephant tusk.
While those accused of trafficking sand boa are residents of Ghodbunder Road in Thane and have been identified as Umesh Siddhappa Adimuni, 20, and Vikas Devraj Vaykar, 29, 30-year-old Brijeshkumar Harihar Singh, a resident of Kasarwadavli in Thane, was arrested for allegedly smuggling elephant tusk.
In the first incident, Adimuni and Vaykar had kept a 39-inch sand boa that weighs up to740 grams at their place for more than four days and were about to sell it to a customer near Mumbra when police got a tip off and arrested them from Parsik Hill in Mumbra. Cops found that Adimuni had make a plastic barrel at home to keep the snake, who is worth Rs 30 lakh.
In the second incident, Singh, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, was arrested for possessing a 30-cm-long elephant tusk that weighs up to 3-4 kg and is worth Rs 2 lakh. Since Singh had got the tusk from south India, a team has been sent there to find links in the case. The tusk is very old and Singh had it with him for more than a week.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Thane, Parag Manere, said, “The sand boa, is a reptile which is used for black magic and Adimuni is under investigation to know from where he got it and to whom was he going to sell it. Meanwhile, Singh is also being probed and all of them have been produced in court and are under custody. They were booked under relevant sections of IPC and Forest Act.”
At the same time, the police are also checking the backgrounds of the accused to know more about them. Adimuni and Vaykar were booked by Kalwa police station while Singh was booked by Vartak Nagar police station.