Seven baby crocodiles rescued; man held

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Thane, Jul 12 (PTI) Seven baby crocodiles were rescued from the possession of a 28-year-old man who was trying to sell them at Mumbra in Thane district of Maharashtra, police said on Monday.

The accused, Saklen Sirazuddin Khatib, was arrested on Saturday evening in the Mumbra retibunder area on a tip-off, an official said, adding the police rescued seven baby crocodiles (crocodylus palustris) also known as mugger or marsh crocodile. An FIR was registered under the Wildlife Protection Act against the accused who was remanded in police custody till July 15.

The value of the seizure is estimated Rs 2.87 lakh,the official said. PTI COR NSK NSK

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