Officials from Belda Forest Department recovered 19 tortoises from Khakurda market in West Bengal's Midnapore on Sunday, and arrested one man in connection with the case.
As per officials, Gadadhar Barman was arrested while he was attempting to sell the tortoises in Khakurda fish market.
"Today we recovered tortoises from Khakurda market area, we got information of them being sold in the fish market area. We arrested one man and started court proceedings. Dealing in these type of animals is punishable," said Range Officer Sarbani Das.
Gadadhar Barman will be produced before the Dantan Court.