Second incident of fire in 3 days
Fire broke out again in Nangli Camp area of the Sundarbans Wednesday afternoon. This is the second incident of fire in the mangrove forest within a span of three days.
On Tuesday, a fire broke out in the compartment No-25 at Napitkhali under Chandpai Range. The blaze could not be tamed as of 6:00pm yesterday despite hectic efforts by firemen and forest keepers.
The first fire incident took place in Nangli Camp area on February 28, damaging trees on over three acres of land.
Fire fighters from Khulna and Morrelganj with the help of forest staff are trying to extinguish the Wednesday's fire at Nangli camp area.
A three-member committee was formed on Wednesday to probe three fire incidents in the Sundarbans since February 28. Headed by Assistant Conservator of Forests (ACF) Md Khalilur Rahman, the probe committee has been asked to submit its report within seven days.
Both Conservator of Forests Akbar Hossain and Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of the east wing of Sundarban Forest Division Mihir Kumar Dey smell sabotage in such incidents of fire taking place in the forest one after another.
“We will have to unveil the mystery behind the fire incidents at any cost to protect resources of the forest and stop its recurrence,” DFO Mihir Kumar said.
He said Tuesday fire at Napitkhali under Chandpai Range originated from cigarette butts of the tree fellers.
Shajahan Howladar, a fisherman of Dakkhin Rajapur village adjacent to the forest, saw the fire at around 5:00pm on Tuesday. He and rushed to Dhanshagor station to inform the station Officer Abdul Khaleque about the fire incident.