Villagers in Uttar Pradesh have been initially alarmed after they discovered a crocodile lurking within the native pond. But then they hatched a plan — to demand a ransom.
The eight-foot reptile from a close-by nature reserve turned up within the village of Midania in Uttar Pradesh after monsoon flooding on Tuesday, officers stated.
Anil Patel, an official accountable for the buffer zone across the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve advised AFP that the locals caught the crocodile after which demanded Rs 50,000 to present it again.
“It took us hours to convince them with help from local police and authorities to release the crocodile,” Mr Patel stated.
The villagers have been additionally threatened with authorized motion, with officers explaining that they risked being jailed for as much as seven years.
The crocodile, Mr Patel stated, is free now. “We released it into the Ghagra river the same day.”
“They had no idea that the crocodile was a protected animal under the Wildlife Protection Act. It’s important for us to educate more people about wildlife,” he added.