Legal notice seeks livewire removal to protect monkeys

In a photo taken on Tuesday, people look at one of the poles that Palli Bidyut Samity installed to lay an uninsulated overhead power line through Santoshpur Reserve Forest in Mymensingh’s Phulbaria upazila. Photo: Collected

People for Animal Welfare (PAW), an organisation dedicated to welfare of street animals, has served a legal notice to Bangladesh Forest Department and Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board after overhead electrical power lines installed inside Mymensingh’s Santoshpur Reserve Forest injured and killed monkeys in the forest.

Supreme Court Advocate Barrister Shihab Uddin Khan on behalf of People for Animal Welfare Foundation (PAW) served the legal notice demanding removal of the powerlines from the forest area immediately.

The notice also urged the forest department to ensure treatment and rehabilitation of the injured monkeys, according to a press release of PAW issued Yesterday.

News of the injury and subsequent death of monkeys in the forest in Phulbaria upazila has been making the rounds on various news mediums creating an outcry among people.

On January 2, The Daily Star ran a report titled “Bare power line kills 1 wild monkey, burns 10 others” which elaborated on the crisis in the forest following the inauguration of the powerlines.