Debraj MitraSome of the rescued turtles at the RPF office in BandelHowrah: More than 200 turtles were seized from two youths on the Amritsar Mail at Bandel last Wednesday. The Indian soft-shelled turtles, listed under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, were found stuffed in gunny sacks and other bags. When the train neared Bandel, an RPF officer grew suspicious because of a smell. "When all the bags were brought out from under the seats, cops saw something moving in the bags," RPF officer Amaresh Kumar of the Howrah division said. The turtles were headed for the food markets in Habra, Barrackpore and Gaighata in North 24-Parganas, another officer said.
Source: The Telegraph February 13, 2018 21:22 UTC