GSPCA demand legal action against the culprits
In a shocking incident, 31 turtles were found dead inside the Kamlanagar lake in Vadodara on Friday morning. GSPCA volunteers immediately recovered the dead turtles from the lake and handed over to the forest department for further investigation. GSPCA demand for legal action as these animals are coming under Schedule 1 of Wildlife Act 1972.
As per details on Friday morning Gujarat SPCA and wildlife sos Raj Bhavsar receive a call from Nangji Bhai Tadvi about lots of turtle were seen floating on the water inside Kamla Nagar lake in a dead condition. As per the instructions the volunteer Ramesh Bhai Yais reached the spot and recovered 31 dead turtles from the lake. They were later handed over to Nitin Patel of Forest Department.
“It’s very shocking to see dead turtles in such big numbers. They are Soft Gauge Turtle and falls under Schedule 1 of Wildlife Act. Our first information report was that someone done a underwater blast for fishing and that leads to the death of turtles in such big numbers.
The lake was leased out to someone and they might use this illegal practice for fishing. But all will be clear after the investigation by the forest department. We request strict legal action against the culprits under Wildlife Protection Act 1972 as turtle falls under scheduled 1,” said Rajesh Bhavsar Honorary Secretary GSPCA and Wildlife sos.
Further 10 more dead turtles were recovered by the GSPCA volunteers and Forest department from the lake.