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Interpol praises India for arresting top turtle smuggler

Press Trust of India  |  Bhopal 

The has praised after the Forest Department's State Tiger Strike Force (STSF) managed to arrest a turtle smuggler whose network was spread across several countries, forest officials said today.

The of Forest (PCCF), Wildlife, Jitendra Agrawal, today informed that the Interpol, in a letter to the on February 7, praised for arresting

The STSF's told that Murugesan was arrested from Chennai on January 31, following which it alerted other acountries about the arrest.

"Murugesan's arrest was important as he was ranked third in the world among the smugglers of rare breed turtles. He is a native of and his illegal trade is spread across Thailand, Malaysia, Macau, Hong Kong, and Madagascar," he said.

Agrawal said that the was tracking Murugesan for along time and it was the Forest Department that shared information about him with other countries.

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 17:55 IST
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