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6 African spurred tortoises seized in MP; two arrested

Press Trust of India  |  Seoni (MP) 

Two residents were arrested with six rare African spurred tortoises here in Madhya Pradesh, an said.

The arrest and seizure were made duirng a vehicle checking drive Monday night in the Dunda Seoni area of the district, he said.

Forest officials said each of the six seized costs Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5 lakh in the international market.

Seoni's Divisional (DFO) T S Sulia said these tortoises were found in a car coming from and going towards

The rescued African spurred tortoises are of rare species who live up to 150 years, he said, adding they appear to be aged 60-70 years and weigh 12-15 kg each.

These tortoises are used in medicines and for witchcraft, the said.

A four-member (STF) of the forest department has reached Seoni from for investigation, Sulia said.

It is being ascertained if the arrested persons have any links with international smuggling gangs, he added.

Dunda Seoni Police Station in-charge Pradeep Balmiki said the duo was travelling from their native district to Shirdi in Ahmednagar district of

He gave their names as (34) and Balram Naiya (30).

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First Published: Tue, November 27 2018. 21:20 IST