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280 dead birds seized from Narail poachers

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Our Correspondent, Narail



Dead birds seized from poachers by Lohagara police brought to the police station on Sunday. PHOTO: STAR


Police in separate drives on Sunday seized at least 280 dead birds in Lohagara upazila and arrested six poachers. A mobile court later fined the poachers Tk 500 each and released them. Lohagara police said, a gang of poachers active in the upazila trapped the Asian Pied Starling, locally known as Shalik, in different areas to sell them in local markets.

Police first arrested Shukur Mondol, 26, from Lohagara village with a few dead birds and on his confessional statement arrested five others. The other arrestees were Ramzan Kha, 28, Zohir Kha, 23, Nayan Sheikh, 20, Musa Kha, 17, and Ainul Fakir, 20, of the same area.

Iqbal Bahar Chowdhury, officer in-charge of Lohagara PS said that the criminals had been doing this for a long time. Later we handed them over to a mobile court led by Lohagara upazila nirbahi officer UNO Rebeca Khan, he added. Contacted, Rebeca Khan said, she fined the six as per the Wildlife Preservation Act. They were fined Tk 500 each as they committed the offence for the first time, she said.

However, sources said that the gang had been hunting birds setting various types of poison traps. They sell the birds at different markets in the upazila openly. Locals alleged that a section of people buy the dead birds to eat them. The hunters use current nets, hanging nets, poisonous baits and hooks to trap the birds. These poachers not only kill the Asian Pied Starling, they also catch different migratory birds in winter season.

Borun Kumer Biswas, a biology teacher at Narail Government Victoria College, expressing concern, said indiscriminate hunting of birds causes ecological threat. He stressed the need for people’s awareness and strict enforcement of laws to protect the birds.



Source: thedailystar



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