15 November 2019
Balasore: A staggering 10,000 snails were rescued after an illegal snail smuggling racket was busted on Friday at National Highway 16 (NH) near Sergarh tollgate under Khantapada Police limits of Balasore district. Two buses used in transportation were seized and seven people were taken into custody.
The two buses, Babamani bus OR 01 S 8771 and Nigam bus OD 01 X 1575, were plying from Dhamra to Kolkata in West Bengal. These two were carrying several bag loads of snails in them.
The Khatapada Police acted on a tip-off and raided the two buses.
The Police found over 10000 live snails on the bus. These are rumoured to have medicinal properties. While their sale and transportation are illegal, their high demand is seen as a business opportunity by the crooks and they retort to smuggling.