Rare turtles smuggled for Calcutta foodies!

BHUBANESWAR: Rare turtles are being smuggled to supply restaurants in Calcutta. Police discovered  81 rare turtles stuffed in two gunny bags. The contraband was seized by Railway Protection Force (RPF) from the Calcutta-bound Puri-Howrah Jagannath Express in the early hours of Tuesday.

Later in the day, forest officials seized another 41 turtles from an underground chamber in a house in Maharipokhari village near Sakhigopal, about 20 km from Bhubaneswar, from where they were being smuggled to Calcutta.

Two persons, identified as Durga Shankar Mana, a resident of West Bengal, and Gandu Shikari of Maharipokhari village were arrested.

RPF personnel were carrying out a routine search in the general bogies of Jagannath Express when a passenger raised suspicion about two sacks stashed below a berth. They asked Mana, who was traveling with the bags to open them and discovered the live turtles.

“Mana admitted that he had transported turtles to Calcutta in the same train earlier. He used to sell turtles to different restaurants in Kolkata,” said RPF inspector Barun K Behera.

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