Restaurant manager arrested for sea cucumber theft
The sea cumber is endangered and protected by the same laws as tigers
A hotel restaurant manager and a restaurant supplier have been bailed by an Indian court after sea cucumbers were seized at a hotel restaurant.
The unnamed five-star hotel in the capital, Delhi, was holding the highly endangered sea cucumbers, which are protected by law in India.
The restaurant manager of the hotel, which was not named, and the supply company owner were arrested last month.
"After receiving information, Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) officials searched the restaurant and seized sea cucumbers from the kitchen of the hotel," the ministry of environment and forests said in a press release.
"On further interrogation, the shop of the supplier was also searched by the WCCB officials."
Samples were sent to the Zoological Survey of India for analysis and "the sea cucumbers were identified as Actinopyga milliaris", the statement said.
Many species of sea cucumbers are found in India. They have the same level of protection as the tiger.