In a major success in the fight against wildlife crime, Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, coordinated “OPERATION THUNDER BIRD” in India, from January 30-February 19, 2017.
Operation Thunderbird is the code-name for INTERPOL’s multi-national and multi-species enforcement operation.
Preceding this operation, WCCB had convened a species specific operation on turtles, code named OPERATION SAVE KURMA” from December 15 last year to January 30, this year.
A total of 15, 739 live turtles were recovered from 45 suspects, having inter-state linkages.
The operation brought about an awareness among the enforcement agencies to focus on the existing trade routes and major trade hubs in the country, which will be specifically focused in future.