Association for Biodiversity Conservation

Turtles smuggling racket

Turtles smuggling racket

Three persons were arrested by Odisha Forest Department officials at Kalimela in Malkangiri district while they were transporting turtles in a pick-up van from bordering Andhra Pradesh. Acting on a tip-off, a team of Forest personnel intercepted a van at MPV-60 village under Kalimela forest range area and seized around 1,400 freshwater turtles.Earlier, over 350 rare species of turtles, also smuggled from Andhra Pradesh, had been seized in Chitrakonda area of Malkangiri district in June, 2017