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100 sharks bound for city seized

Calcutta, Sept. 2: Around 100 sharks, some of them weighing up to 10kg, were seized early today from a Calcutta-bound truck in South 24-Parganas.

District superintendent of police Praveen Tripathi said the sharks, packed in gunny bags, were headed for markets in the city.

“We intercepted the truck on Diamond Harbour Road near Mandirbazar. But the driver and the helper escaped,” Tripathi said.

Another officer said around 20 sharks were alive.

He said the sharks, which were apparently caught in the rivers of the Sunderbans, were handed over to forest department officials.

“We released the sharks that were alive into the Matla river,” a forest official said.

Police chief Tripathi said an inquiry had been started to find the owner of the truck. “Once we arrest the owner, we will know who hired the truck,” he said.