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Malkngiri: Kalimela forest officials of the district busted a tortoise smuggling racket here on Sunday and recovered more than 1000 tortoises and arrested three persons.
Acting on a tip-off, Kalimela forest officials waylaid a vehicle bearing Andhra Pradesh registration number (AP 05-TG-2677) and seized the tortoises from many plastic baskets loaded in the vehicle. The vehicle was on its way to Odisha from the neighbouring state.
Meanwhile, the arrested persons are being interrogated to find out more information and involvement of others in the racket.