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4 TN youths arrested for poaching sea turtles


MADURAI: Forest officers hooked up to the Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park arrested four youths and seized 70 kg of turtle meat from them on Wednesday.
The seizure and arrest had been made in line with specific data on a bunch of six folks engaged in poaching sea turtle.

Range officer of Mandapam natural world vary S Sathish mentioned the accused had been transferring the meat to an autorickshaw on achieving the shore at Chinna Paalam. Freshly hunted meat of the amphibian used to be saved in four plastic vessels.

The accused went for hunting on Tuesday night time. They retrieved the meat and disposed the shell and remains within the sea.

The arrested had been identified as M Anthony Santhiyaagu, 28, M Rooban, 25, and A Michael, 29, of Akkal Madam fishing hamlet and autorickshaw motive force E Vignesh, 20, of Chinna Paalam. Search used to be introduced for their two accomplices, M Yesa, 20, of Akkal Madam and Poosadurai, 32, of Pamban who escaped from the scene.

The arrested men had been produced prior to the Rameswaram courtroom and lodged within the Ramnad district jail. During inquiry, woodland department personnel learnt that the accused had colluded with consumers J Nalli, Ramesh, Deena and David – all from Thangchi Madam fishing hamlet.

Sources mentioned the poached meat used to be to be sold at Rs 200 in step with kg to consumers, who in flip sold it at as much as Rs 400 a kg.

“We are looking for the consumers and efforts are directly to crack all the community. Such incidents of organised poaching of sea turtles surfaced in this area after many months,” he mentioned.

Since the species of the turtles that used to be poached could not be identified, samples from the same used to be despatched to the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, for DNA analysis to establish the species.




Sea turtles are protected beneath Schedule I of The Wildlife Protection Act and punishment for hunting them ranges from three years to seven years in addition to a positive of Rs 10,000 each.


Meanwhile, woodland department personnel mentioned they collected 12,122 Olive Ridley eggs this season and five,023 hatchlings had been launched into the ocean.




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