Officials seize 65 star tortoises, 4 gold idols at Chennai airport

Chennai: The Chennai airport customs officials arrested a man yesterday and seized 65 live star tortoises and four gold idols of Lord Ganesh in two separate incidents.

The officials detained a man bound for Thailand. When he was subjected to a check and it yielded the star tortoises, which were endangered species. The reptiles were handed over to the forest department.

In another incident, on Saturday night, the officials arrested a passenger on suspicion. He had arrived from Paris. When his bags were checked, they contained the Ganesha idols worth Rs 65 lakh. He was subsequently arrested by the officials.

NT Bureau