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Sri Lanka army busts illegal jellyfish worth Rs 625,000

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s military apprehended 50 kilogrammes of illegal jellyfish that was being transported in a Sri Lanka Transportation Board (SLTB) passenger bus yesterday, an army statement said.

Troops manning roadblocks along the Mannar-Kunchikulam road at 2230 hours had stopped the SLTB bus and upon searching the vehicle had found jellyfish worth over Rs 625,000. A suspect, Mannar resident, was taken into custody along with the consignment of jellyfish, the army said.

The suspect was trying to transport the jellyfish fish from Mannar to Colombo, posing as a conductor of the bus in question, the statement added.

In Sri Lanka, a special permit must be obtained from the Ministry of Fisheries to transport jellyfish.

The army statement said the bus conductor was handed over to the Madhu Police station along with the jellyfish for further investigations. (Colombo/Sep25/2020)

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