Four Held for Trying to Sell Two-headed Snake
Puttur: The town police have arrested four persons, who were trying to sell a two-headed snake, at Narimogeru, Purusharakatte here, on July 4.
The arrested have been identified as M N Sashidhar (29) from Bengaluru, N Ratan Gowda (26) from Kunigal, Gagan M B(30) from Madikeri and Saleem C K (26) from Puttur.
According to the police, while the accused, Ratan, was working on his farm, he found a two-headed snake and informed his friends Saleem and Sashidhar. Saleem said that such snakes were valued in lakhs in Dakshina Kannada, Shivamogga and Chikkamagaluru. They decided to sell it for a high price in Panja, Puttur.
The town police received information from reliable sources that the accused were trying to sell the snake in Purusharakatte. Based on the information, the police got into action and arrested all the four persons and seized the brown coloured two-headed snake, a Tata Indica car (KA 53 C 504) and a mobile phone which was used during the crime.
During interrogation, the accused revealed that they had demanded Rs 2 to Rs 3 lakh for the two-headed snake. Accused Gagan works in a private company as a driver; in order to earn additional money, he joined hands to sell the snake.
The snake, a Sand Boa, is a nonvenomous snake which mainly eats rats. Sand Boas are highly-specialized ambush predators that wait below the sand for gerbils and other rodents. According to the animal protection act, the selling of such snakes is prohibited.
Under the able guidance of SP Bhushan Borase, additional SP Vedamurthy and ASP Rishyanth, police inspector Mahesh Prasad, Sub-inspector Abdul Khader, Head constables Skariya, Krishnappa, Damodar, PCs Prashanth Shetty, Prashanth Rai, Harish, Lingappa Gowda and Mohan carried out the operation. Forest officer and Snake expert Dr Ravindranath Ithal also assisted in the case.