The Animal Rescue Squad (ARS) and forest department on Friday nabbed four persons for allegedly transporting Indian soft-shelled turtle (Lissemys Punchata Punchata) and the Indian Bull Frog (Rana Tigerina) at Salvador do Mundo, Bardez.
Amrutsingh, president of the animal rescue squad, Bicholim, received the information from local villagers. Following the tip-off, Amrutsingh along with ARS member John Fernandes rushed to the site and confirmed that some persons were catching frogs and turtles from the ponds.
Following this development, Singh informed the forest department at Campal, Panaji.
The four people who were arrested by the forest department were Damiao Colaco, 44, Natalo Fernandes, 50, Lorence Colaco, 49, Santan Colaco, age, all from Nuvem, Salcete.
A vehicle was also seized. Forest officials who were present on the spot included Deepak Tandel, deputy RFO, Babi Naik, round forester, Shamba Dhurat, forest guard, and Kavita Kalangutkar, forest guard.