Bengaluru: The Mahalakshmi Layout police on Sunday arrested three people who were trying to sell two-headed red sand boa snake and a fake 'Nagamani'.
The accused are, Shivanna (50) and Krishnappa (64), both from Urukere Post in Tumakuru taluk, and Pyaru Bhai (57), from Hiriyur town in Chitradurga district.
The police received a tipoff that two people were trying to sell two-headed red sand boa and rushed to the APMC Yard Vegetable Market around 10 pm where the duo was waiting for customers to finalise the deal. The police recovered two red sand boas.
The snake is sold and bought illegally for large amounts of money as it is believed that it can detect hidden treasures.
In another incident, the police picked up Pyaru Bhai from near Iskcon temple where he was trying to sell a fake 'Nagamani'. The police caught Pyaru while he was waiting for a customer in his car. The police recovered a fake 'Nagamani' from him which he had priced between Rs 1 and Rs 2 crore.
To make it look real, Pyaru had kept the 'Nagamani' in an ancient jug with some mantras scribbled on it....