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Mayor Chicken Corner, Sector 37

The other Chicken Corner in other words. One of the amusing things about Google's auto search is the way it nets so many different kind of fish -- and turtles. A simple auto search for the words Chicken Corner regularly serves me menu specials from a restaurant in New Dehli and hikers' blogs from Chicken Corner in Utah and Chicken Corner in Kentucky. Today it delivered news of 15 illegal turtles in a Times of India story.

CHANDIGARH: As many as 15 turtles and eight conches were recovered from Mayor Chicken Corner, Sector 37 on Thursday. The turtles, a prohibited wildlife species, were in the illegal possession of Monu Kumar, owner of the shop, who used to sell these at high prices in the market, said SHO of PS 39, Janak Singh Rana.
On getting secret information, wildlife department officials had set up a joint team for nabbing the culprit, sources said. An official of People For Animals (PFA), Saurabh Gupta, was coordinating the operation, who he had earlier busted a gang involved in illegal trade of certain other endangered species of turtles. Sources said that a person identified as Shabir was arrested in Delhi and during interrogation, he revealed the name of Monu Kumar.
A case under Wildlife Protection Act 1972 was registered at Sector 39 police station. Accused Monu Kumar would be produced in the court on Friday.

We have illegal turtles -- and illegal tortoises -- in Cali, too. At least 500 large red-eared sliders at Echo Park Lake. And I'm sure that in the Daily News story I read about arrests in the Mojave desert after tortoises were found in a trunk the language sounded just as foreign to readers from India, if they read it. (I have always loved Indian English for what seems to me its extreme earnestness, and its varied cadences.)

A couple of things I didn't know how to translate: the "interrogation" that led to Monu Kumar's betrayal, and precisely what it means that he will be "produced" in court today. Oh, yes, and "The turtles...were in...possession of Monu Kumar."

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