Bengal forest range officials seize snake venom worth Rs 250 crore

This the second bust by the West Bengal Forest department since June last year.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:October 15, 2016 10:46 am
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West Bengal forest officials arrested four people and seized snake venom worth Rs 250 crores from Belakoba, a small town in Jalpaiguri Sadar subdivision of the district, news agency ANI reported.

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The snake venom was kept in five different transparent containers and would have fetched around Rs 250 crore in the market.

This is the second major bust by the Forest department in the region since June last year. The forest department had arrested six persons near Siliguri and seized a consignment reportedly of “cobra venom” valued over Rs 100 crore in international markets last year.

The consignment that was seized in the raid in June was also contained in three glass containers — with the “venom” in liquid, semi-liquid and crystal granules forms.

Further details about the arrested smugglers have not been disclosed by the police.