One arrested with 113 rare tortoises in UP

A man was arrested with 113 rare tortoises while they were being smuggled to West Bengal from Jarwal road area here, police said Wednesday.

PTI| Last Updated: Aug 26, 2015, 14:48 PM IST

Bahraich (UP): A man was arrested with 113 rare tortoises while they were being smuggled to West Bengal from Jarwal road area here, police said Wednesday.

The accused identified as Shameem Ahmad was yesterday arrested and 113 tortoises of rare species Lissemys Punctata were recovered from his possession, they said.

Shameem told police that he got the tortoises from one Shareef in Gonda district and was planning to smuggle the consignment to Kolkata, police said.

West Bengal and Gonda police were being contacted to arrest associates of the nabbed accused, they added.