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Two held for smuggling exotic species of juvenile pythons, lizards at Chennai airport

According to the report, the accused Mohammad Parvaez (36) and Mohammad Akbar (28) were smuggling these wild animals from Kualalumpur.

India TV News Desk Edited by: India TV News Desk Chennai Published on: October 10, 2019 20:37 IST
Exotic species of juvenile pythons, lizards seized at Chennai airport
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Exotic species of juvenile pythons, lizards seized at Chennai airport

Customs officials detained two men at Chennai international airport on Thursday in connection with smuggling of exotic species of juvenile pythons and lizards. 

According to the report, the accused Mohammad Parvaez (36) and Mohammad Akbar (28) were smuggling these wild animals from Kualalumpur. Officers of the Customs Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) maintained a special alert and vigil to nab the smugglers. 

The Customs seized a green tree python, one scrub python, two black tree monitor lizards, five emerald tree monitor lizards, two blue-spotted tree monitor lizards, one Reisinger tree monitor and four sailfin lizards from them.

"On questioning, the arrested persons informed that these bags were given to them by someone outside Kualalumpur airport with instructions to hand them over to someone outside the Chennai airport who would identify them," said the Customs Department.

The seized exotic species reptiles will be sent back to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

Further investigation is underway.

(With inputs from ANI)

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