Man arrested for trying to sell sand boa in Pune

A 21-year-old man was arrested for being in possession of a sand boa snake in Bhosari area of Pimpri-Chinchwad The man was identified as Yogesh Morappa Mhetre (21), a resident of Anandnagar in Moreai temple in Chinchwad
A team of Pimpri-Chinchwad police officials with the accused (squatting) and the protected sand boa on Wednesday. (HT)
A team of Pimpri-Chinchwad police officials with the accused (squatting) and the protected sand boa on Wednesday. (HT)
Updated on Jun 24, 2021 07:42 PM IST
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A 21-year-old man was arrested for being in possession of a sand boa snake in Bhosari area of Pimpri-Chinchwad

The man was identified as Yogesh Morappa Mhetre (21), a resident of Anandnagar in Moreai temple in Chinchwad. Mhetre had no permit for sale or transport of animals.

The reptile is estimated to fetch 15,00,000 in the black market.

The man was found near the ward office of Indrayaninagar area of Bhosari around 7:30pm. The police believe that he was attempting to sell the reptile.

The police have mentioned in the FIR that sand boa is mentioned in schedule 3 of Protection of Wildlife Act, 1972.

The police informed the forest department which provided an official for verification. The reptile was verified by Suresh Kashinath Barle (30), a resident of Forest colony in Bhamburda, Pune

The forest department official also lodged a complaint in the matter.

A case under Sections 2(16), 9, 44, 50, 52 of Wildlife Protection Act was registered at Bhosari police station.

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