Four held for smuggling star tortoise in Kodagu
Conducting an operation near RMC yard, Gonikoppa, the forest department personnel seized a star tortoise being illegally transported in a car from Bengaluru to Gonikoppa.
Four persons have been arrested in this matter.
T Lakshman from Manchala village in Kurnool district and R Lakhshminarayana from Mandalam in Andhra Pradesh, Telugara E Thimmappa from Sidhanur village near Mehboob Nagar, Telangana, and S Nagesh from Bommanahalli, Bengaluru, are the accused.
The star tortoise, an endangered creature, was being illegally transported from Andhra Pradesh to Southern Kodagu.