KANPUR (CNB): A total of 85 turtles were rescued from smugglers by Government Railway Police (GRP) at the Kanpur Central railway station here on Friday. Two smugglers, including a woman, were arrested. The turtles were packed in two sack bags and were being smuggled to Sealdah from Unnao.
According to GRP inspector Tripurari Pandey these tortoises were recovered from platform number seven. The GRP cops patrolling the platform found the movement of the two accused suspicious and inquired about their whereabouts. As the two tried to escape, the cops gave a chase and nabbed them.
When the cops checked the two gunny bags being carried by the duo, they recovered the turtles. As the gunny bags were opened several turtles tried to escape. Hence, the gunny bags were tied again and were taken into possession by the GRP officials.
The GRP official said that the duo had been involved in the illegal for several years. “Both of them were arrested and an FIR was lodged. They have been sent to jail,” said GRP official. The turtles have been handed over to the forest department, said the official.
Tripurari said, “We have arrested a woman, who is a native of Unnao in this connection. She is involved in the smuggling of the turtles and has accepted to her involvement into this illegal trade. She has also accepted that she has transported turtles from Unnao to Kolkata in the past too.” “Turtles come under Schedule I of the endangered species under the Wildlife Act and are slaughtered for medicines and are also illegally smuggled out of the country,” said an official of forest department.
Meanwhile, several times in past, turtles have been recovered in large numbers from the railway station premises. Last time on November 25, 2013, 400 tortoises were recovered by GRP and seven women were nabbed in this connection. The accused were taking the tortoises to Kolkata.