Two persons were detained on Tuesday in possession of exotic animals, including a red kangaroo, six macaws, three tortoises, and two monkeys at Lailapur Forest in Assam’s Cachar district, said Jagadish Das, Additional Superintendent of Police to ANI on Wednesday.

The rescued animals, which included rare Aldabra tortoises and capuchin monkeys, were found packed in plastic boxes and cartons in a vehicle that was stopped at a checkpost in Assam’s Cachar district.

“In yet another major success in rescue of wildlife, Officials of Cachar Police, Silchar intercepted a vehicle at 11:30 pm on 28-07-2020 at Lailapur Forest Sub-beat coming from Mizoram carrying a consignment of exotic wildlife,” said Cachar police.

The accused, identified as Narsimha Reddy and Navnath Tukaram Daigude, have been detained and on interrogation. They told the forest officials that the consignment was going to Guwahati, as per police.

The Cachar police were on routine checking all the trucks passing from the Lailapur for any illegal timber. However one of the Forest Official detected a peculiar smell emanating from one lorry, police said.

On asking the driver, he said that it is nothing but some rotten fruits. Not convinced with his reply, the forest official searched the lorry and found the exotic animals packed in carton boxes. The investigation is on in this case, police added.