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smuggling of endangered tortoise in karnataka: smuggling of rare turtles in Karnataka

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smuggling of endangered tortoise in karnataka: smuggling of rare turtles in Karnataka

Highlights

  • Police have arrested a man along with 380 live Indian star tortoises included in the endangered species
  • These turtles were kept in two boxes, the police gave this information on Tuesday.
  • According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Sanjeev Patil, 21 of them were found dead and the condition of 20 is said to be critical.

Bangalore
Police have arrested a man along with 380 live Indian star tortoises included in the endangered species. These turtles were kept locked in two boxes. The police gave this information on Tuesday.

According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Sanjeev Patil, a total of more than 400 Indian Star Turtles were recovered, which were kept in two boxes by a person. Of these, 21 were found dead and the condition of 20 is said to be critical. A team from Bannerghatta National Park reached here and started saving the critical condition turtles.

Acting on a tip-off, the Kalasipalya police raided and took Muthu Hamad Meera into custody. The accused was trying to sell the star tortoise late Monday at 11 pm. A case has been registered under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 under sections 9, 39, 40, 44, 48A, 51 and 55. DCP Sanjeev Patil said, Star tortoises are preferred as pets in some countries and are protected under Wildlife Protection Act 1972.

indian star tortoise

Indian Star Turtle (file photo)

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