Khulna: The Forest Department and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in a joint drive arrested three people along with 494 turtles of rare species at the Zero Point of the city early Saturday while those were being smuggled to India.
Madinul Ahsan, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of Wildlife Management and Nature Conservation Division, said they seized a pickup containing eight drums of the rare species turtles with the help of Rab-6.
The turtles were being taken to Patkelgatha of Satkhira from Agailjhara upazila in Barisal in a bid to smuggle those to India, he said, adding that they arrested three smugglers from the vehicle.
The rescued turtles will be released in Bhawal National Park in Gazipur, Maidul added.
A case was also filed.
3 held with 494 turtles in Khulna