Collector of star tortoises held
Accused was directly involved in collecting live specimens First time person directly involved in collecting live specimens held
CHENNAI: Wildlife authorities in the city arrested a person at Koyambedu on Sunday who, they said, was a key figure in co-ordinating the collection of star tortoises from the wild in Karnataka.
The arrested person was identified as K. Seshi Kapoor (24) of Kolar district in Karnataka.
Interrogation of the arrested person revealed that he had been involved in the work for over three years. He had hired tribals and sent them into the Badravathi forest areas to collect star tortoises.
The collected specimens were then stacked at a place. Once a sizable number of star tortoises was collected, Seshi Kapoor reportedly contacted prospective buyers. Sometimes, the buyers would get in touch with him, the wildlife authorities said.
In almost all the previous occasions, only the carriers had been arrested.
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