Python res­cued from Thane beat chowkie

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Arvind Walmiki arvind.walmiki@hin­dus­tan­times.com Con­sta­ble Vinod Patil with the python.

A nine-feet-long In­dian Rock Python was res­cued from a beat chowkie at Brah­mand Naka on Wed­nes­day. The python was later re­leased in the for­est.

Twenty-year-old snake res­cuer Ajay Javir from Brah­mand area was called up for help.

He has been res­cu­ing snakes for the past six years. Javir works in wa­ter depart­ment of Thane Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (TMC).

Around 2pm, two beat mar­shals, A Sur­vase and Vinod Patil, re­turned to the chowkie af­ter pa­trolling in Brah­mand area of Ka­pur­bawdi.

They were shocked to see a python un­der a chair.

“The python was coiled up be­low the chair. We in­stantly call up the snake res­cuer who res­cued the python,” said Patil, the con­sta­ble at­tached to Ka­pur­bawdi po­lice sta­tion.

Javir said, “We han­dle pythons gen­tly with­out hurt­ing them or mak­ing them ag­gres­sive. Af­ter res­cu­ing the python on Wed­nes­day, we in­formed the for­est depart­ment and re­leased the snake in a for­est area.”

Javir added, “Such in­ci­dents of snakes en­ter­ing res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial ar­eas are com­mon dur­ing mon­soon. I get calls for res­cu­ing snakes ev­ery third day. I am pas­sion­ate about res­cu­ing snake and all I want is that peo­ple should not harm snakes or rep­tiles as they do not at­tack any­one un­less and un­til they are pro­voked.”

Thane for­est depart­ment of­fi­cer, who does not wish to be named, said, “Dur­ing mon­soon, snakes and pythons are seen more at Var­tak Na­gar, Up­wan, Ko­pri, Ka­pur­bawdi, Wa­gle Es­tate and Bhi­wandi Road.”

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