The Python Barbecue that Never Was

OOP Digital Desk: In a bizarre case, officials of the Kerala Forest and Wildlife Department, and the railway police, have arrested a man who was smuggling a live python inside a train, allegedly to eat it. Jijo George, form Kerala’s Alappuzha district, was booked under the wildlife act on 2 January, in connection with the incident. According the forest officials, Jijo had plans to make a python barbecue and caught the snake from Palakkad, while returning from one of his relative’s house.

Jijo then kept the snake inside his bag and hopped on to a train. But in a hurry to get off the train at Ernakulam, he forgot the bag that contained the python and it was left behind.

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Passengers first spotted the abandoned bag on the train which moved suspiciously beneath the seat. They informed the cleaning staff when the train reached Kottayam. They opened the bag and were shocked to find the snake crawling inside.

The bag was handed over to railway police and later to the forest officials. Jijo’s identity card was recovered from the bag. He was nabbed after a brief search.

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Jijo reportedly confessed to have caught the snake to cook a python barbecue. He could face a three-year jail term and up to ₹1 lakh in fine.

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