KANPUR: Around 4,000 turtles were seized from a truck at Jalaun crossing under Kotwali police station in Auraiyya district on Monday. Two persons were arrested.
The turtles stuffed in 68 sacks, some in critical condition, were found loaded on truck No: UP-17-C-4349, belonging to Shiv Pratap Rathore of Civil Lines in Etawah. The vehicle was its way to West Bengal.
The truck was intercepted by a police team during the vehicles checking drive near Jalaun crossing.
The turtles worth around Rs 20 lakh, were meant to be exported to countries like Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore from West Bengal.
The arrested persons were identified as Nunu Kudu and Devdas, natives of West Bengal, besides the driver and cleaner of the truck.
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SP, Etawah, Abdul Hameed said that truck was spotted during the early hours of Monday. More than 4,000 sacks were seized. An investigation into the matter is going on.
There was one more person identified as Guddu, who was travelling in a four-wheeler, ahead of the truck. He managed to escape.
Wildlife experts said that the consignments also reach north east of country, including Assam via train. From there, the turtles are smuggled to countries like Thailand and Malaysia through sea route.