Vijayawada [Andhra Pradesh] [India], Feb 20 (ANI): At least two persons were apprehended by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) here on Tuesday for trafficking 406 Indian star tortoises.Also Read - India vs England Highlights T20 World Cup Warm-Up Match: Ishan Kishan, KL Rahul Guide India to a 6-Wicket Victory Over England

The ‘vulnerable’ species were seized at Andhra Pradesh’s Vijayawada Railway Station, when two lady passengers tried to export the tortoises in four bags from Kadiri to Bhubaneswar. Also Read - APPSC Recruitment 2021: Apply For 38 Non-Gazetted Posts on psc.ap.gov.in. | Check Eligibility Criteria, Selection Process HERE

The duo admitted that they were asked to hand the tortoises over to some person for export out of India to Bangladesh. Also Read - ‘No Need to Panic’: Amid Concerns Over Power Outage, Centre Says Adequate Coal Supply Will be There

According to the DRI, the species with the zoological name ‘Goechelone elegans’ has been declared endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and prohibited for export under Foreign Trade policy.

The seized tortoises were later handed over to Vijayawada Forest Range officer for safe custody and further action.(ANI)

This is published unedited from the ANI feed.