Assam: RPF Rescues 74 Wild Turtles from Smugglers in Lumding
Railway Protection Force and CIB joint operation save 74 turtles from alleged smugglers on Sealdah–Agartala Express in Lumding, Assam.
GUWAHATI: In a remarkable operation, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) stationed at Lumding Railway Station in Hojai, Assam, successfully rescued 74 wild turtles from the clutches of alleged wildlife smugglers. This daring rescue mission unfolded following a tip-off received by the authorities, leading to a collaborative operation between the RPF and the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) on a fateful Monday evening.
The focus of this joint operation was a coach of the Sealdah–Agartala Kanchanjunga Express, which was en route to Lower Assam at the time. The intelligence gathered indicated that the turtles were being smuggled from Silchar to Guwahati, sparking concern among authorities about the illegal wildlife trade.
Two individuals hailing from Mizoram, identified as Lalchhuanlina and Liansanspui, found themselves in custody as a result of their alleged involvement in this wildlife smuggling operation. Their apprehension marked a significant breakthrough in the fight against illicit wildlife trade in the region.
The rescued animals, a total of 74 wild turtles, were promptly handed over to the Lumding Forest Department to facilitate further investigation into the matter. This decision was made to ensure the safety and well-being of the rescued turtles, as well as to gather vital information that could potentially lead to the dismantling of larger wildlife smuggling networks operating in the region.
The operation serves as a testament to the dedication and vigilance of the Railway Protection Force and the Criminal Investigation Bureau in their commitment to safeguarding wildlife and combating illegal activities that threaten the natural heritage of Assam and its surrounding areas.
The Lumding Railway Station, nestled in the picturesque region of Hojai, Assam, has now become a symbol of hope for the countless endangered species that pass through its corridors. This successful rescue operation sends a clear message to would-be wildlife smugglers that the authorities are resolute in their efforts to protect the region's unique and diverse ecosystem.
As the rescued turtles find sanctuary within the confines of the Lumding Forest Department, the investigation into the circumstances surrounding their smuggling will continue to unfold. It is hoped that this operation will not only lead to the prosecution of those responsible but also serve as a deterrent to others who may contemplate engaging in the illegal trade of wildlife.
The rescue of 74 wild turtles from alleged smugglers at the Lumding Railway Station in Hojai, Assam, stands as a testament to the unwavering commitment of the Railway Protection Force and the Criminal Investigation Bureau to protect wildlife and combat illegal activities. This joint operation serves as a beacon of hope for the region's unique ecosystem and sends a clear message that those engaged in the illicit wildlife trade will face the consequences of their actions.