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Man detained, star tortoises seized

star tortoises seized

A 28-year-old man has been detained and 84 star tortoises seized from his baggage at the airport here, Customs authorities

star tortoises seizedChennai: A 28-year-old man has been detained and 84 star tortoises seized from his baggage at the airport here, Customs authorities said today.

Zahir Hussain, a native of Paramakudi in Ramanathapuram district, was detained when he tried to board a late night flight yesterday to Bangkok after concealment of 84 star tortoises was detected in his baggage.

Customs officials said the tortoises, an endangered species, could have a value of about Rs eight lakh in the illegal international market.

After questioning,customs officials handed over Zahir Hussain to the Forest Department authorities for further action under the relevant laws.

PTI

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