Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-03-16 19:43 Bengaluru: After a person was arrested for trying to sell a crocodile to a Chinese restaurant on Brigade Road, restaurants in the city are under BBMP scanner for allegedly serving crocodile meat. On Tuesday, Bengaluru city police had arrested E Anand Guru Beemanna, a resident of Rampuram village, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, for smuggling in a 2.5ft-long crocodile to sell to a restaurant in the MG Road area. After the arrest of Beemanna, wildlife experts suspect that some restaurants could be serving crocodile meat to their customers. Sharath Babu, wildlife warden with BBMP, said, “There are chances that some restaurants are selling crocodile meat as many think that it is fancy and has medicinal values. Earlier, there were complaints but there was no concrete evidence,” he said. When asked about the arrest of Beemanna, Sharath Babu said, “Since the water level in river Tunga Badra going is going down, hundreds of crocodiles move out in search of food and water. It is very easy to capture a crocodile in such a condition. Recently, a small, dehydrated crocodile was caught, wrapped in a bag and brought to Bengaluru but unfortunately it died,” he said. BBMP sources said that after the incident on MG Road, BBMP commissioner had warned all the restaurants on MG Road and Brigade Road. “All restaurants in these areas are under the scanner. Food inspectors have been asked to pay surprise visits to restaurants and inspect the food items,” said the source. Blast from the past In 2008, a restaurant on Brigade road was raided for spiking liquor with snake venom. In the same year, a dhaba in Chikkaballapur was found selling monitor lizard meat. In 2006 in Bengaluru, there was the infamous ‘Bow-Bow Biriyani’ case, where a person under Jayanagar police station limits allegedly slaughtered many stray dogs and sold the meat to hotels.