Officers of the Kasturba Marg police station on Thursday arrested a 45-year-old woman who was allegedly trying to sell a rare double-headed red sand boa (scientific name Eryx johnii, an endangered species) worth a few lakhs in the international market.
The arrested woman was identified as Madhumati Rajput, originally from Gujarat and a resident of Kalwa in Thane district. Police said they were tipped off that she would be coming to the Borivli railway crossing with a rare snake. Accordingly, a trap was laid and Rajput was arrested.
“The woman had concealed the snake cleverly so that nobody suspected her,” an officer from the Kasturba Marg police station said. “She was carrying a plastic bag filled with soil. Initially we thought the informant had misled us, but when we searched through the soil, we were shocked to find the boa.”
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