As per latest reports, Asmit Biswas, a 13-year-old boy, who has great love and craze for wildlife, witnessed a turtle being sold at a marketplace next to Howrah's Sankrail, purchased the turtle with his dad's cash and delivered it back to the forest division.
Asmit is a big wildlife buff and he has also attended a number of lectures dedicated to the cause of wildlife protection and has been a keen reader of wildlife periodicals.
An environmentalist stated that what the boy saved on May 26 was an Indian Flapshell Turtle, a Schedule I animal protected under the Wildlife Protection Act.
The murder, hunting or selling a Schedule I creature is against the law. Asmit, who studies in Class VII was in fun mood and making the most of his special time with his family members when he discovered a fish shop and instantly detected that something was mistaken.
The owner of the fish shop located at Chapala market in the city of Kolkata was selling an Indian Flapshell Turtle. So, when Asmit witnessed the turtle being sold in the presence of others, he instantly comprehended that it was a dilemma and asked the driver to stop at once.
“I asked Driver Uncle to stop,” he told media people, adding that, “I got off with my father and told the shopkeeper that he should not be selling turtles.”
The trader frankly told the boy to do his own work and even made attempts to encourage him to purchase it. The boy asked his dad to buy it. His dad agreed.
"I knew if I did not buy the turtle, someone else would and kill it for its meat," the boy said. The dealer asked for Rs 1,000 for the 2-kg turtle, however, consented to sell the turtle for Rs 700.
On coming back home to central Calcutta, Asmit put the turtle in a container and added some water to it. For a few days, the family gave shells and rice to turtle. Asmit' dad called up an NGO named SHER, which works for environment and wildlife, and told them the complete story.
The NGO forwarded the data to the forest section.
"A turtle is not killed before it is cut into pieces. The sellers slice off portions according the demand. The animal writhes in pain," stated Suchandra Kundu, a co-founder of SHER.