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Varanasi: 2 men held with over 1,900 tortoises worth Rs 60 lakh

PTI
Published : Dec 28, 2016, 7:49 pm IST
Updated : Dec 28, 2016, 7:49 pm IST

They were taking the consignment of the tortoises in 43 sacks from Sultanpur in a pickup van, they said.

Two persons were arrested on Wednesday and over 1,900 tortoises, worth Rs 60 lakh in Varanasi. (Photo: PTI/File)
 Two persons were arrested on Wednesday and over 1,900 tortoises, worth Rs 60 lakh in Varanasi. (Photo: PTI/File)

Varanasi: Two persons were arrested on Wednesday and over 1,900 tortoises, worth Rs 60 lakh, which were being smuggled to West Bengal from Uttar Pradesh's Sultanpur district, recovered from their possession in Varanasi, police said.

Acting on a tip off, police intercepted a vehicle near Dafi Toll Plaza in Lanka police station area and nabbed two men with 1,959 tortoises worth Rs 60 lakh value in International market, they said.

The two men have been identified as Raju and Ajay, both hailing from Sultanpur, police said.

They were taking the consignment of the tortoises in 43 sacks from Sultanpur in a pickup van, they said.

An FIR has been registered against the two men and further interrogation of the two accused is underway, police said.

Tags: tortoises, sultanpur, smuggling
Location: India, Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi (Benares)