Man held for passing off lizard penises as roots


Real fakes: A file picture of dried monitor lizard penises like the ones being passed off as rare roots and sold online. — AFP

NEW DELHI: An Indian man has been arrested for selling dried monitor lizard penises online as a rare root plant believed to bring good luck, Indian forest department officials said.

The news comes days after Indian and British investigators said they had uncovered a scam in which Indian Internet retailers were passing off the lizard parts as the plant, known as Hatha Jodi.

The monitor lizard is protected under the Indian Wildlife Act.

Officials believe the arrested man, Kalki Krishnan, was sourcing the parts from central India’s Madhya Pradesh state.

“We have made seizures (of the monitor lizard penises) and sent them to the lab for tests. We will also ask the court for the arrested man’s custody to further our investigations,” a divisional forest officer, H.V Girish, said.

Other banned wildlife items were also seized from Krishnan, an official at the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau told the Hindustan Times.

Prices vary from US$6 to US$63 (RM26 to RM270) for purchase in India and US$254 (RM1,090) outside the country.

“These lizards are being illegally poached from the wild, caught in traps and snares.

“Some will have their throats slit or their skulls smashed in before their genitals are removed for use as Hatha Jodi’,” Neil D’Cruze from World Animal Protection said in a statement at the time. — AFP

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