SHILLONG, Feb 22: BSF troops deployed at Dumnikora, South Garo Hills district along the Indo-Bangladesh border, seized 15 turtles of a rare species on Monday. It has been learnt that on suspicion the troops tried to stop two people on a bike carrying a bag, however, the anti-social elements sped off instead of halting, but scared, the miscreants dropped the bag while speeding. Later, while searching the bag, the BSF recovered the 15 turtles. It has been learnt that, these turtles were being smuggled out to Bangladesh from India. It’s a significant and praiseworthy effort by BSF as these rare loggerhead turtles having scientific me Lepidochelys, Olivacea are protected under schedule –I and IV of Indian Wildlife Protection act 1972 (WLPA). The rare species of turtles are extremely costly owing to its medicil values and having huge demand in Intertiol market, a press release stated. Meanwhile, in another significant achievement, the BSF troops deployed at Dangar in South West Khasi Hills seized eight cattle heads worth Rs 3, 40,000 while being smuggled out to Bangladesh from India. Seized items handed over to concerned department for further legal action, the release stated.
Rare species of turtles seized by BSF