The Odisha police and forest officials seized more than 350 turtles weighing three quintals from an auto-rickshaw at a local market in MV-79 under Kalimela police limits in Chitrakonda area of Malkangiri district on Friday.
Three persons were arrested in this connection. Police also seized the vehicle with Andhra Pradesh registration number in which they were being transported.
Police said the turtles were being illegally transported from Chitrakonda to the neighbouring state for sale.
The vehicle was also seized by the forest personnel from the three persons.
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