Cuttack: Forest officials today rescued an 8-feet-long python and arrested a person on charges of smuggling the reptile from Sahadapada village in Banki area of the district.
According to sources, some locals of the area spotted the man hiding the python inside a sack and sought an explanation from him on the source of the reptile's habitat.
Later suspecting him of trafficking the python, locals informed the matter to local snake helpline. Lalit Mohan Panda the member of the snake helpline who rescued the python from the man said the condition of the snake is extremely weak and it needs immediate medication.
"It seems the reptile has not been fed with food since few days making it weak and vulnerable," said Panda.
The python was later handed over to the forest staff. Police also reached the village and arrested the man after interrogation.
"I am a snake charmer and I roam around villages and collect money by showcasing the reptile. I had no intention to smuggle or trade the snake," the man said.
(Edited By: Suryakant Jena)