The Odisha police have seized 1 kg of snake venom worth over Rs 1 crore during a raid in the Deogarh district. The accused, Ranjan Kumar Padhi of Sakhipada in Sambalpur district and Kailash Chandra Sahu of Sindurap village, were trying it sell it in the open market when the police held them.
The snake venom is sold to various medical companies illegally. Dr Surya Prakash Chowdhury said that medical companies were working with such people to get snake poisons at lower prices from the market. Deogard SP Raj Kishore Paikrai said the accused would be remanded in custody for questioning.
(With inputs from Sanjib Mallick from Deogard)