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4 men arrested for raping Bengal Monitor lizard

Mumbai: Maharashtra police arrested 4 men for gang-raping a monitor lizard at Sahydari Tiger Reserve. The accused were identified as Akshay Sunil, Sandeep Tukram, Pawar Mangesh, and Janardhan Kamtekar.

As per reports, the forest officials posted at Sangli forest reserve arrested the accused on the charges of hunting as they were found wandering in the core zone of Sahydari Tiger Reserve.The officials came to know about the incident as they checked the mobile phones of the accused. The accused had  recorded their act in the mobile phone. The forest officials also recovered two pistols and two motorcycles from them. The accused had come from Konkan to Kolhapur’s Chandoli village for hunting.

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The  bengal monitor lizard is a reserved species under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972. If convicted, the accused could be charged with seven years of imprisonment.



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