Gandhinagar: Vadodara Central Jail had an unlikely visitor on Thursday night when a four feet long crocodile was spotted lurking around the prison premises. It was caught by forest authorities before it could reach the barracks area in the prison complex.

Jignesh Parmar, a member of the forest department’s rescue team told English daily Times of India that they were alerted about the reptile’s presence inside the prison premises at around 1 AM and they reached the spot by 1:30 AM when they spotted the crocodile resting barely 25 feet away from the jail barracks’ gate. It took the team about 30 minutes to catch the reptile, which was later released into a water body.

Vishwamitri River which flows near the Vadodara jail is said to be home to around 200 crocodiles. The reptile might have crept into the highly guarded jail complex through its stormwater drainage which has an outlet into the river. The stretch between Sayajigunj and Fatehgunj is said to be the favorite haunt for these reptiles as they could be spotted resting on the banks of the river. People usually avoiding these spots due to the presence of these crocodiles.

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