4 smugglers arrested with rare 'Red Sand Boa' snake
4 smugglers arrested with rare 'Red Sand Boa' snake

Kolkata: The Forest Department has got major success in the Darjeeling area of West Bengal on Tuesday (February 21). A team of the Belakoba forest range has seized the extinct species of snake 'Red Sand Boa' from the Darjeeling forest area and arrested 4 people in connection with illegal trade. The accused have been identified as Arindam Sarkar, Pasang Lama Sherpa, Abvar Mia, and Jagdish C Roy. The smugglers were planning its delivery in Nepal.

The incident has created a sensation in Siliguri. The black marketing value of the recovered snake has been estimated to be around crores of rupees. The accused, who was arrested on Tuesday, were taken to the Jalpaiguri district court. The forest department has demanded custody of these accused. The forest department is investigating if anyone else is involved in the smuggling. On the basis of information received from confidential sources, the Forest Department launched a campaign in the Shastri Nagar area of Siliguri Municipality. 

In this campaign, the extinct species of snake was recovered. The NPP1 range of the Forest Department's Baikanthpur forest division received information on Monday that some people from Bihar had come to a house in the area. A species of snake called the rare Red Sand Boa has been brought there and hidden. On receiving this information, forest personnel of the Belakoba Ranger led by Sanjay Dutt started action and arrested all the accused.

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