Officials with the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) have busted an animal smuggling racket based in Bengaluru and have rescued 1,012 exotic turtles and tortoises worth over Rs 4 crore.
According to a report by Deccan Chronicle, these reptiles were to be shipped off to Hong Kong and China, for being used as “good luck charms” and as delicacies in restaurants.
The sleuths arrested one person and more is likely to be nabbed in the coming days in Bengaluru and Chennai, Bangalore Mirror reported.
The turtles were found in seven tightly bound travel bags and were kept in two cars bound for Chennai.
The seized tortoises included red eared slider, which is one of the 100 most invasive species listed by International Union for Conservation of Nature. 
In all, there were 852 Indian Star Tortoise, 76 Tricarinate hill turtle, 46 Peter (Melanchelys tricarinata Female), 11 red-eared Slider and 27 Indian tent turtles, the DC report states.
A team of …