Crocodile caught from Khadakwasla dam

Pune: A 150 kg crocodile was netted from the Khadakwasla dam which supplies water to the city after a combined operation undertaken by forest and zoo officials, who were joined by cadets of the National Defence Academy (NDA), housed in the vicinity.

A ten-hour long operation that ended late Tuesday night, led to the capture of the reptile, which had created a scare in the area, affecting boating and exercises of the NDA cadets.

A forest department spokesman said the four-foot long crocodile, which had remained elusive for about a year after being spotted on and off in the dam, was netted after the irrigation officials reduced the water flow in the dam to make the animal visible.

A squad of animal keepers of the Katraj Snake Park, fire brigade personnel and police, too, were kept in readiness while the `operation crocodile` was underway. The crocodile , currently kept at the Snake Park would be sent to a wild life sanctuary in Sangli district.