Wildlife officials at Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok, arrested two Indian women after 109 live wild animals were found in their baggage before they boarded a plane to India, Monday. Sathon Khong-ngern, chief of the wildlife checkpoint at Suvarnabhumi, said the animals were found when officials X-Rayed the two suitcases.
The duo stand charged with smuggling animals. The incident came to light when some suspicious objects were discovered by the airport officials in the X-ray of the two suitcases of the women. The bags contained two white porcupines, two armadillos, 35 turtles, 50 lizards and 20 snakes.
The suitcases belonged to Nithya Raja (38) and Zakia Sulthana Ebrahim (24), who were about to aboard a Thai Airways flight to Chennai.
The women were detained and charged with violating the Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act of 2019, the Animal Disease Act of 2015 and the Customs Act of 2017. They were handed over to the airport police station for legal action.