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Three held in Borivali with crocodile hatchlings smuggled from Hyderabad

Rescued: The crocodile hatchlings found from a bus in Borivali on Monday.  

Three people were arrested by the State forest department for allegedly smuggling two crocodile hatchlings from Hyderabad, in Borivali, an official said on Tuesday.

Acting on a tip-off, the forest team flagged down a bus on Monday and searched it, leading to the discovery of the two hatchlings. “The bus driver Abdul Raheem Hafiz (33), and two others Kuddus Latif Beig (28) and Chhatrapati alias Shivaji Balaya (28) were held. They hail from Hyderabad (in Telangana) and Karnataka,” he said.

A case has been registered under Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972 and further probe into the network, including the route of smuggling and final recipient, was under way, the official said. Crocodiles have been included in Schedule-I of the Act, thereby affording them highest degree of protection.

The rescued crocodiles were released in the jungle near Thane.

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