Malkangiri, : As many as 350 turtles were rescued by forest officials during a raid at MV 65 village under Tigal panchayat in Kalimela block of Malkangiri district today. The accused, however, managed to escape from the spot.
Sources said a team of forest officials led by Kalimela Divisional Forest Officer Sushant Kumar Dalei conducted a raid at MV 65 village under Tigal panchayat in Kalimela block of Malkangiri district at around 3 am and seized 20 bags full of turtles.
Over the years the survival of the turtle in the wild has come under severe threat and their population is fast disappearing now-a-days. Consumption and illegal trade of turtles are the main cause for which the turtles are being endangered.