The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence team has succeeded in recovered large quantities of 834 Indian Star Turtles being brought to Chennai from Howrah through train and from there to smuggling to Bangladesh. Along with this, three people have been arrested. Partha Pratim Basu, former Regional Deputy Director of Investigation Agency, gave this information on Friday. He told that the recovery of these turtles was done on June 10.
It was reported that the Indian Star Turtle is being brought from Coromandal Express from Chennai and it will be lifted and handed over to a group of smugglers at Santragachi railway station. After this, on June 10, DRI, Kolkata Zonal Unit had monitored the Santragachi railway station.
A few minutes after coming to the station of Coromondal Express, the officials saw some suspicious activity of 3 persons, who were trying to load 4 trolley bags in the parking area in the Hyundai car near the railway station.
Officials stopped the vehicle with the three people. When the inquiries were started, they admitted that there were Indian Star Turtles in the trolley bag and they were brought from Chennai. People said that these turtles were handed over to them by a passenger and they were about to take them to Baniipur near the border, from where they had to be smuggled to Bangladesh. In search of a trolley bag, it found 834 number of Indian star turtles, named ‘Geocalon Elegance’. These turtles are protected species and are listed in schedule IV of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. Export is prohibited under the Indian Foreign Trade Policy.
The confiscated Indian star turtles were then safely handed over to the Alipur zoological park, Kolkata.
Under the provisions of the Customs Act, 1962, three persons have been arrested. Although Partha Pratim has refused to name the people arrested.