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6 poachers held with tiger skins in Sundarbans

6 poachers held with tiger skins in Sundarbans

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested six poachers and seized two tiger skins from their possession which are believed to have been acquired after the beasts were hunted down in the Sundarbans. The poachers were arrested from Satkhira Sadar upazila late last night, Rab 8 Deputy Commander Maj Adnan Kabir told our Bagerhat correspondent this...

15 robbers killed

At least 15 alleged robbers were killed in “gunfights” with law enforcers in the Sundarbans on Sunday and yesterday. Thirteen of a gang, locally known as Kashem Bahini, were killed in Paikgachha and Dakop upazilas of Khulna on Sunday, while another two of Awal Bahini were killed at Chandpai Range of the east Sundarbans in Mongla upazila of Bagerhat yesterday, law enforcers claimed.  About the Sunday's incident, Paikgachha Police Station Second Officer Abdul Khalek said local people caught two robbers when...

2 ‘robbers’ killed in ‘gunfight’ with Rab

2 ‘robbers’ killed in ‘gunfight’ with Rab

Three days into a ‘shootout’ that killed 13 robbers in Khulna, two bandits were killed in an alleged gunfight with Rapid Action Battalion at Chandpai Range of the east Sundarbans in Mongla upazila of Bagerhat this morning. Deceased Raju and Zakir, aged between 25 and 30, were the members of a robbery gang, locally...

BITTER TRUTH

Save tiger, save the Sundarbans

Save tiger, save the Sundarbans

WHILE addressing the inaugural ceremony of the 2nd Global Tiger Stocktaking Conference 2014 in Dhaka, Prime Minister Sk. Hasina has appealed to the global communities to come forward for saving the tigers worldwide by saving the nature.   In Bangladesh Sundarbans is the only abode of Royal Bengal Tigers.Unhappily, Sunderban's Royal Bengal Tiger is...

Save tigers, save nature

Save tigers, save nature

Assuring her government will do everything necessary for conservation of the tigers, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon the tiger range countries to continue their sincere efforts for protecting tigers. “Let us join hands to save the tigers and save the nature,” she said. The prime minister gave the assurance and made the appeal...

'Robber' killed in Bagerhat 'shootout'

'Robber' killed in Bagerhat 'shootout'

An alleged robber was killed in a 'shootout' with Rapid Action Battalion in Chandpai range of Sundarbans in Bagerhat this morning. Deceased Nasir alias Russell, 29, was the leader of a robbery gang, locally known as Nasir Bahini, said Hasibul Haque, operation officer of Rab-8. Nasir and his gang opened fire on a team of...

Robber killed in 'gunfight'

The chief of a robber gang active in the Sundarbans was killed in a “gunfight” with police in the district's Koyra upazila on Thursday night.         Deceased Moktarul Dhali alias Mokter, 32, was the leader of a robber gang named after him. He was son of Moti Dhali of Bhutuswari Char in the upazila. Moktarul was accused in five cases, including four for murder, in Koyra and Dakop police stations, said Subir Dutta, officer-in-charge of Koyra Police Station. Subir said acting...

Editorial

Robber gangs at Sundarbans

A large number of  people depending on the Sundarbans for their livelihood are being preyed on by bandits   on a regular basis for all sorts  extortions. Their tyrannical  strangle-hold  in  the area, thanks to pathological lack of  control  by the local administration , particularly the forest department , keeps  impoverishing the people and denying the government of revenues. The honey collectors, fishermen, crab catchers and golpata traders  have to collect “forest permits” from the gangs' agents  to be able to...

Criminal killed in 'gunfight'

An alleged robber was killed in a “shootout” with police in the east Sundarbans under Sharankhola range of Bagerhat early yesterday. The dead, Namir Talukdar, 38, was a member of robber gang, Rezaul alias “Shirsha Bahini”, according to police. He was son of late Sultan Talukdar in Arjunbahor village of Bagerhat Sadar upazila. Namir was accused in at least eight criminal cases, including robbery and murder, police said. Kazi Abdus Salek, officer-in-charge of Sharankhola Police Station, said police arrested Namir from Arjunbahor...

Funny forest guarding

Funny forest guarding

The country's precious forest resources remain largely unprotected due to an acute shortage of manpower and logistic support. Around 1.52 million hectares of forests are being protected by only 1,859 guards, meaning each guard has to watch over an area equivalent to 30 Ramna parks (68.5 acres). As these guards cannot cover such a vast area, the forest department has placed 1,254 boatmen as guards in different outposts. Even then, a guard has to cover an area the size of 18 Ramna parks. The forest department has around 2,500 firearms for the guards. Ironically, most of the guards do not even have the training to operate these. So, they carry out their...

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