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Sundarbans

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...

2 robbers killed in Sundarbans ‘gunfight’

2 robbers killed in Sundarbans ‘gunfight’

At least two robbers were killed in an alleged gunfight with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel in the Sundarbans’ Khulna range this afternoon. The dead were identified as Dulu, 42, chief of notorious Dulu Bahini, and Bacchu, his second-in command, 38, reports our Bagerhat correspondent. The lawmen earlier in the morning captured six robbers and...

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SEDUCTIVE Sundarbans

SEDUCTIVE Sundarbans

The Sundarbans is the largest mangrove forest of the world and hands down the most stunning natural heritage site in Bangladesh. In the last week of February, I along with my family visited this reserve for Bengal tigers, deer, snakes, monkeys, pigs, crocodiles and different species of birds. Kotka, Kochikhali, Harbaria, Koromjol, Hiron...

'Robber' killed in Satkhira 'shootout'

'Robber' killed in Satkhira 'shootout'

An alleged robber was killed in a 'shootout' with police in Shyampur upazila of Satkhira early today. Deceased Ashraf Hossain alias Ranga was the ringleader of a robbery group, locally known as Ranga Bahini, reports our Satkhira correspondent quoting Sagir Miah, officer-in-charge of Shyamnagar Police Station. Ranga, son of Fazr Ali of Kurikaunia village in Ashashuni upazila, was accused in 20 cases filed with Koyra, Shyamnagar and Tala police stations, the OC said.    A team of Shyamnagar police started for Pakhimara village, adjacent to the Sundarbans, with a speed boat around 12:30am after receiving information that...

Pashuri, the tigress, dies

Pashuri, the tigress, dies

The Bengal tigress wounded in a hunter's trap in the Sundarbans died on Wednesday. Forest officials rescued her from a village beside the forest in Khulna on February 7 and brought it to Bangabandhu Safari Park in Gazipur the next day. On February 9, veterinary surgeons conducted a five-hour long surgery to save her forelimb...

Wounded tigress dies

Wounded tigress dies

The injured tigress, which was rescued from a village adjoining the Sundarbans 11 days ago, died at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Safari Park in Gazipur Wednesday. The Bengal tigress was brought to the park from the Sundarbans on February 8 with injuries in its right forelimb, Shib Prasad, forest range officer of the park,...

Wounded Bengal tiger rescued

Wounded Bengal tiger rescued

Forest officials yesterday rescued a wounded Bengal Tiger from Lawdobe, a village adjoining the Sundarbans, in Khulna. After treatment, the tiger would be released in the Bangabandhu Safari Park in Gazipur, said Dr Tapan Kumar Dey, chief of the wildlife division of forest department. He said: “The tiger was captured with a nylon rope tied to...

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