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Snake trade

Siliguri, Dec.23: Two persons were arrested by the forest officials of Baikunthapur division near here yesterday for allegedly trying to smuggle an endangered snake.

“Based on information from a source, a team of our staff from Sarugarah range of Baikunthapur went to a township area in Matigara. The duo had reached there with a Red Sand Boa, which is an endangered snake,” said Dharamdeo Rai, the divisional forest officer of Baikunthapur.

The accused have been identified as Rohit Kumar and Deepak Singh, both residents of Kishenganj in Bihar.