Police detained two alleged traffickers along with 19 deer hides in Bagerhat's Sharankhola yesterday, three days after a tiger's skin was recovered from the possession of a poacher in the upazila.
A team of Detective Branch of police recovered the hides from the rented house of one Monirul Islam Sheikh, 48, in Rayenda bus stand area around 1.45am, Pankaj Chandra Roy, superintendent of police in the district, said at a press briefing at his office.
He said the recovery was made acting on a tip-off that Monir of Bhadrapara village in Bagerhat Sadar upazila, along with Mohammad Elius Hawlader, 35, of Rajoir village in Sharankhola upazila, was selling deer skin at the house.
Killing such wild animals and selling their body parts are illegal and punishable crimes under the wildlife conservation act.
The hides were found at the ground floor of Monirul's house, the SP said, adding that Monirul and Elius were arrested from there.
He also said preparations were underway to file a case against the duo under the act.
After the filing of the case, the arrestees and the hides would be produced before a court for the passing of necessary order, he added.
On January 20, a team of Rab and forest guards arrested an alleged poacher named Gaus Fakir, 45, and recovered the skin of a tiger from his possession in Southkhali area of Sharankhola upazila, which is situated near the Sundarbans.