The Uttar Pradesh Police’s Particular Job Pressure on Sunday recovered over 1,300 Indian flapshell turtles from a truck in Kanpur as they had been allegedly being taken to West Bengal for smuggling in another country, officers mentioned.
Senior police official T B Singh mentioned additionally they arrested the truck driver Rambrash Yadav (48) and helper Vinod Kumar Savira for his or her alleged involvement in smuggling of turtles.
The turtles being smuggled to Vangaon in West Bengal had been discovered stuffed in sacks and a few even lay scattered on the ground of the truck, Mr Singh added.
We’re investigating additional and searching on the doable involvement of extra individuals, particularly smuggling rackets, he mentioned.
Throughout interrogation, the arrested males confessed to the STF officers that quite a few poachers had been concerned in catching turtles from Etah, Etawah and Farrukhabad in UP and supplying the reptiles to organised smugglers for transportation to Kolkata, Mr Singh mentioned.
From West Bengal, the turtles are then smuggled in another country to China, Thailand, Hong Kong and different Southeast Asian international locations through Bangladesh and Myanmar, Mr Singh added.