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Interpol shares Murugesan’s documents with STF (Wildlife)

Bhopal. Interpol has praised India for the arrest and conviction of most wanted International turtle smuggler Manivannan Murugesan at a meeting held in Dhaka in Bangladesh. Interpol has shared documents related to arrest and other sensitive documents issued by the Thailand court against Murugesan with Ritesh Sirothia representative of Madhya Pradesh STF (Wildlife). Murugesan will be taken to Thailand after Red Corner notice. The meeting was held for effective check of smuggling of turtles at the international level.

Most wanted in several countries, Murugesan was presented in a special court of Sagar after being arrested from Chennai on January 30, 2018 by a Madhya Pradesh team. Madhya Pradesh Higher Court had rejected his bail. Ever since, Murugesan is serving his term in Sagar jail. Interpol has congratulated India (Madhya Pradesh STF) for successfully capturing this most wanted criminal. Murugesan was most wanted by the Interpol and law enforcing organizations of several countries including Bangladesh, Malaysia, Thailand, Wildlife Crime Control Bureau of India, and Police and Forest Department of other states since a long time. Murugesan was rated the world’s third most wanted smuggler of rare species of turtles. A resident of Singapore, Murugesan’s illegal trade is spread across Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Macau, Hong Kong, China and Madagascar.

Murugesan’s arrest holds much significance in busting the International wildlife smuggling network. Earlier he was arrested from Bangkok Airport with about 900 rare species of turtles in August 27, 2012. At that time, he was successful in getting released illegally. Madhya Pradesh STF had demanded the criminal record against Murugesan from Thailand and other countries. Reacting to this, Interpol has promptly shared the related documents.

Wildlife STF will apply for prompt redressal of the case after producing the papers in the court after legal advice. With this Murugesan will be entrusted to Thailand’s concerned law enforcement institution for settlement of the pending cases of their country.