On NH4 near Bangalore, the CID forest cell has busted the monitor lizard meat illegal trafficking and sale to dhabas in Chikkaballapur, near Bangalore. Two Hakki Pikki tribe members were arrested trying to sell the lizards in Bidadi.
The sleuths posed as buyers and went to Hosapalya, about 1.5 km from Bidadi town, at 6 pm as told by Mettingal and Sagar. The duo came carrying the lizards in two bags and priced them at Rs 5,000 each.
Cases have been booked under various sections of Indian Widllife Protection Act, 1972 and under section 379 of IPC.
Earlier the local CID Forest Cell had raided a highway dhaba on Chikkaballapur Main Road towards Bagepalli, (NH4)very close to Bangalore and had recovered four live reptiles, seven dead ones and two lizards, which were on the kitchen chopping board.
Vijay Kumar (45), owner of Annapoorneshwari Family Naidu Dhaba, Chikkaballapur was arrested and booked for poaching and trading wildlife. Vijay Kumar spilled the beans on other dhabas which source meat of lizards, spotted deer, peafowl and black-naped hares from the same tribe.
These dhaba owners offered lizard-meat dishes to their customers, saying they were 'aphrodisiacs' and good for health. The CID sleuths went to the dhaba in the guise of customers. On the menu was monitor-lizard chilli priced at Rs 100 and eight more varieties.
These monitor lizards - three-ft long, known as vuda in Kannada, are believed to be an aphrodisiac.Vijay said he usually served the meat to young and middle aged customers.
“The meat gives strength to have continuous sex. You can have sex for two hours continuously after eating this,” He even had an explanation for it. According to him, the monitor lizard’s genitals are similar to those of a man.
He also used to recommend monitor lizard blood mixed with whiskey to those who wanted to increase their libido, and monitor lizard fat on muscles to strengthen them.
According to sources, Vijay had an impressive client list of lawyers, politicians and rich businessmen.
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