Chennai: The custom officials on Sunday seized, a total of 65 live star tortoises and four gold idols of Lord Ganesh worth Rs 65 lakh at the Chennai airport involving the arrest of 1 person.
In the first instance, a passenger flying for Thailand on Saturday was subjected to a check which yielded the star tortoises, the officials informed.
Since these reptiles, were endangered species, so they were handed over to the forest department, while the passenger was detained.
In the other incident reported on the Saturday night, the officials stopped a passenger upon his arrival from Paris.
On suspicion, his bags were checked, which contained the Ganesha idols, after which he was arrested by the officials.