Six people have been arrested in Hyderabad for exhibiting exotic animals at a pub. The Hyderabad police and the Telangana Forest Department worked together to seize the animals and apprehend the suspects. The West Zone Task Force and Forest Department officials raided Hyderabad Exotic Pets in Saidabad and rescued 14 Persian cats, 3 Bengal cats, 2 iguana lizards, a pair of cockatoos, sun conure parrots, and two sugar gliders. The raid was conducted after the accused held an event at Xora Pub in Alcarzar Mall, exhibiting wild animals.
The event was organised by the owner of Xora Pub and event organisers in the name of ‘Wild night’ to attract customers. Vinay Reddy, owner of Xora Pub, and pub manager Varahala Naidu were arrested, while Prudhvi, operational manager of Xora Pub, is absconding. Tarun and Vamshi, both sellers of pet animals, Yasser, owner of Hyderabad Exotic Pets and Karthik, who has a pet shop at Kukatpally were also arrested. The accused displayed Bengal cats, ball pythons, and iguanas at the pub without any valid permission.
A concerned citizen alerted the authorities about the display of exotic wildlife at Xora Pub. Following this, Special Chief Secretary Arvind Kumar requested the police and forest officials to take action. The apprehended accused and rescued animals have been handed over to Forest Department Police for further action.