Poachers have poisoned to death dozens of birds for its meat at Angaria village in Rajapur upazila.
Villagers blamed a group of unscrupulous people, allegedly led by one Monir Hossain, 50, of the area, for the heinous act.
The matter came to light recently when some pigeons and doves were found dead in a bush beside the cropland of Monir.
Different bird species live in the greenish village beside the Jangalia river, said college student Papu Mridha in the area.
Kaiyum, a resident of the village, said his 50 pigeons went missing in the last three months.
Local youth Foysal said he has been rearing pigeons for long but a few pigeons went missing a week ago.
Later, some pigeons and doves were found poisoned to death in a bush beside the cropland of Monir, he said, adding that the dead pigeons were then sent to the upazila veterinary hospital for medical test.
The poachers mixed poison with wheat and rice and spread it on the farmlands and the birds like doves, herons, pigeons and waterhens died after eating the poisonous fodder, said Foysal, adding that later the dead birds were slaughtered for meat.
Contacted, Monir said it is time to prepare paddy seedbeds but birds eat the seeds.
“My 12-year-old son mixed the poison with wheat and rice to protect the seedbed,” Monir said, adding that he will give compensation to the farmers of dead pigeons.
Sarwar Hossain, assistant sub-divisional officer of the Upazila Livestock Office, said the village is very popular place for birds.
He has already informed the higher authorities about the matter, said Sarwar.
Action will be taken in this regard after getting the report from the veterinarian, said Md Jahid Hossain, officer-in-charge of Rajapur Police Station.
Eating meat of such dead birds are very harmful and it can damage all organs, said Dr Md Solaiman Kabir of Sher-E-Bangla Medical College Hospital in Barishal.