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Odisha forest department has busted a racket thriving on smuggling fresh water Turtles


The state forest department has busted a racket thriving on smuggling fresh water turtles while arresting three persons in Kalimela area of Malkangiri district.

The arrested persons were carrying the turtle-laden lorry to Malkangiri when the forest personnel intercepted the vehicle with nearly one thousand smuggled aquatic animals.

The arrested accused persons were running an organized turtles smuggling racket. They had expanded his trade base from Malkangiri to Telengana. During interrogation, they confessed to the crime.

The seized turtles were later released into nearby water-bodies, which were safe habitat for these aquatic animals. The offenders arrested under Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and prevention of cruelty to animals act were later remanded to judicial custody.     

The latest seizure of fresh water turtles has brought under sharp focus on wildlife poaching in general and smuggling of these protected aquatic animals in particular.

The recent spurt in commercial trade of fresh water turtles has become a cause of concern for forest personnel.



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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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