Bid to smuggle largest ever sand boa; Malappuram native nabbed from Palakkad railway station

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Palakkad: A youth was arrested for possessing sand boa weighing 4 kg which is worth crores in foreign markets. Habeeb (35) was arrested by the Palakkad RPF Crime Intelligence Branch officials at Palakkad railway station while travelling on the Secunderabad-Thiruvananthapuram Sabari Express.

The sand boa was brought to Malappuram from Andhra Pradesh and is 25 cm wide and 1m long. Authorities said it is the largest sand boa ever found in the country.

RPF nabbed the accused based on a tip-off that wild animals were smuggled by train. The snake was found wrapped inside a cloth bag. Habeeb tried to flee but the RPF officials apprehended him.

Officials said that Habeeb tried to smuggle sand boa from Andhra Pradesh to Malappuram to sell it abroad. Sand boa is worth crores in the international market. They are also used in the manufacture of medicines, cosmetics and even for witchcraft. In some countries, it is believed that possession of sand boa will bring wealth and fortune.

Habeeb revealed that the snake was bought for Rs 3 lakh from Andhra Pradesh. He claimed that the snake could fetch around Rs 5 crore if it is sold abroad.

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