The Forest Department seized 49 tortoises and nine frogs from Kandasankadavu in the district on Sunday. Three persons - Balakrishnan, Rameshan, and Kuttan - were arrested in connection with the incident. Acting on a tip off, a team led by Deputy Range Officer K.T Roy arrested the three. According to forest officials, the three were selling tortoises and frogs caught from Varappuzha backwaters for aquariums. A case has been registered against the three persons under the Wildlife Protection Act.

– Staff Reporter