THE THANE police last week arrested two persons for allegedly selling a sand boa, an endangered snake, for Rs 30 lakh, and one person for trading in ivory worth Rs 2 lakh. As per Thane crime branch, the two accused in the sand boa case are residents of Ghodbunder Road, Thane identified as Umesh Siddhappa Adimuni, 20, and Vikas Devraj Vaykar, 29.
Police said the accused kept a nearly 39-inch sand boa weighing around 740 grams in their home. “We had information they had kept it for more than four days and were about to sell it to a customer,” said DCP Parag Manere. Police arrested the accused from Parsik Hill in Mumbra. Sand boas have been vulnerable to illegal hunting and trading due to myths, such as that they are a miracle cure for diseases like AIDS. They have also been known to be used for black magic. The Thane police also arrested Brijesh Kumar Singh, 30, for allegedly trading in ivory.