Calcutta, October 17: The West Bengal Forest Department on Sunday seized smuggled snake venom with an estimated street value of Rs 30 crore in the Ghoshpukur forest range in Darjeeling district.
According to Ghoshpukur Range Ranger Ranger Sonam Bhutiya, the venom weighing around 2.4kg was stored in a crystal jar. West Bengal shock: Passenger pushed off moving train after altercation in Birbhum, 1 arrested (watch video).
“According to the international market rate per gram of snake venom, the estimated value of the seized consignment is approximately Rs 30 crore. One person has been arrested in this regard. The consignment originated from France and was brought smuggled into India via Bangladesh. The crystal container has a French label,” he said.
The arrested person was identified as Mohammad Sarafat, a resident of North Dinajpur district.
He also said that in all likelihood the consignment had been brought there to be smuggled into China via Nepal. Diwali 2022: Jewelry store owner donates cars and bikes to Chennai staff.
“We were informed by our sources that Sarafat was attempting to smuggle snake venom into the area and was transporting the consignment on a motorbike. caught him in the act,” Bhutiya said.
This is the second seizure of snake venom in the forest sector of North Bengal in 35 days. On September 10, Jalpaiguri District Forest Department seized snake venom worth Rs 13 crore.
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