Monday, November 29, 1999

42 turtles seized, 3 residents of Bihar arrested

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Allahabad, June 16 (PTI) Uttar Pradesh police today seized more than 40 turtles in a remote part of the district and arrested three persons from neighbouring state of Bihar, in this connection. The police also claimed to have busted a gang of poachers with the arrest of the trio. Acting on a tip-off, a police party nabbed one Santosh at Mailhan village under Phoolpur police station, 45km from here. Santosh was carrying a huge bag on his back from which 18 live turtles were recovered, a police spokesman said. Interrogation of Santosh, a resident of Bhabhua district in Bihar, led to the arrest of Suresh and Antu, both hailing from Sasaram district of the neighbouring state. 24 turtles were recovered from the duo''s possession, the spokesman said. He said the trio was part of an inter-state gang which used to poach turtles from various parts of the country and sell the same at a heavy price. A case was registered against all the three persons under the provisions of the Wildlife Act after which they were sent to jail, the spokesman added.

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