709 Endangered Turtles Seized | Kanpur News – Times of India

Kanpur: About 709 endangered tortoises have been confiscated by the arrest of a person late on Tuesday night in Bidhuna Kotwali police station area of ​​Auraiya district.
Acting on specific inputs, the police raided the hideout in Kiratpur village of Tawli area and arrested a person along with a large consignment of tortoises. asp Shishya Pal Said that the accused has been identified Sun About 709 turtles were recovered from their possession.
The ASP further said, “The information about the remaining turtle has been given to the forest department officials.”
regional forest officer Komal Singh They reached the spot and started investigation which revealed that the accused is a wildlife smuggler. Police and forest department teams are interrogating him to get information about his gang.
The smuggling of endangered tortoises has become rampant, especially in Etawah-Mainpuri and Auraiya districts. The aquatic animal, which is considered a delicacy, is also used for medicinal purposes in the north east parts of the country. This has become a matter of concern for wildlife agencies as there is no bar on poachers smuggling aquatic endangered species in exchange for money.
A case has been registered against the arrested person under relevant sections wildlife protection act, Investigators claimed that the arrested man had confessed to smuggling turtles on several occasions during the initial investigation.