Over 70 snakes seized from Pune flat, 2 arrested

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Dec 2016 07:22:24


Dec 27,


OVER 70 snakes mostly deadly Russell’s vipers and cobras illegally kept for extracting venom have been seized from a residential apartment here where a man was living with his wife and children.

Ranjit Kharage (37) was arrested along with his alleged accomplice, identified as Dhananjay Belkute (30), for allegedly keeping the snakes in wooden boxes and gunny bags for extracting and selling venom, police said. The seizure was made on Monday from the rented apartment of Kharage.

“We recovered 41 Russell’s vipers and 31 cobras from one of the rooms in the flat and investigations have revealed that the duo allegedly extracted venom from these reptiles and used to sell or smuggle it,” said police.