Delhi: Man arrested with 5 turtles; his excuse for crime will touch your heart

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New Delhi | Published: February 6, 2018 1:31:43 PM

Delhi: A man in his late 30s along with his two friends were arrested by the Delhi police, on Monday for allegedly ferrying five Indian softshell turtles.

Delhi: The five Indian softshell turtles recovered from the carDelhi: The five Indian softshell turtles recovered from the car

This story will leave you moist-eyed. But it is a tale that ends sadly. A son-in-law’s attempt to help cure his father-in-law of tuberculosis has landed him in jail. A man in his late 30s along with his two friends were arrested by the Delhi police, on Monday for allegedly ferrying five Indian softshell turtles. The accused, Aman, a resident of Madangir, accompanied by two of his friends were allegedly transporting the turtles from Inderpuri to his house, the police said. The trio had stopped at the Ridge on February 3. A motorcycle patrol team saw the trio seated in the car and approached them, they said. The police personnel asked Aman to show his driving license and asked the trio to come out of the car. As soon as they came out of the car, they fled in different directions, police said. Police recovered five turtles from the car of the trio. Subsequently, Aman was nabbed from southeast Delhi’s Madangir while two of his friends are on the run.

“The accused, Aman, a resident of Ambedkar Nagar, and two of his friends were hiding the turtles inside a gunny bag under the front seat of the Honda Civic they were travelling in. When police signalled them to stop their car for routine checking at Simon Bolivar Marg, they parked the car a few metres away and tried to flee,” a senior police officer said, as per a report by The Indian Express. As per the report, a case has been registered under several sections of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, and wildlife inspectors have been approached for the case.

During interrogation, Aman revealed that he was taking the turtles for his father-in-law, who is suffering from tuberculosis. It is believed that consumption of turtles can help cure tuberculosis. He told police that he had procured them from an old woman in Inderpuri. Police are on the lookout for the woman as well as the other accused. “He told police that he bought the turtles after he had found out that eating turtles can help cure TB. Police are investigating whether he had bought turtles in the past as well,” the officer said, adding that possession of turtles is strictly prohibited since it is a scheduled species.

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