HC asks for report against tiger poaching & smuggling

HC asks for report against tiger poaching & smuggling

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The High Court on Sunday asked the authorities concerned to submit a report before it by September 1 on steps taken against those involved in tiger poaching in the Sundarbans and smuggling of the big cat organs.An HC bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice JN Deb Choudhury passed the order on its own motion after going through a report published in a vernacular a daily.
Forest and home secretaries, the Inspector General of Police, Khulna Range DIG, Director General of Bangladesh Coast Guard, deputy commissioners of Khulna, Satkhira and Bagerhat and divisional forest officers were asked to submit the report.
The HC also issued a rule asking the authorities concerned why directives should not be given to take steps against the tiger poaching and action against those involved in the crime as per the reports of the Interpol as published in the newspaper.
They were also asked to submit the two Interpol reports on September 1.
Quoting the Interpol reports, a local daily ran a story titled ‘Political influential in tiger poaching and smuggling’ on July 29 exposing an organised gang of tiger poachers in the Sundarbans.
Supreme Court lawyer Mohammad Ali Khan, a resident of Bagerhat, brought the report to the court’s notice on Sunday.
Deputy Attorney General SM Maniruzzaman stood for the state.
According to the reports, a syndicate is active in providing arms for hunting tigers and smuggling their skin and other limbs.
It was also alleged that a ruling party MP of the Sundarbans area, three UP chairmen and some leaders of the ruling party are involved in crime.
In January, the Interpol submitted two reports on tiger poaching and arms supply to the Bangladesh government. According to the reports for the period from August 2015 to November 2015, the syndicate members were involved in killing tigers in the Sundarbans and smuggling the limbs out to the neighbouring country. Border guards of the two countries were also involved in it, it said.
The reports also published a list of 32 arms providers.
According to the reports, the number of tiger was 440 in 2004 which came down to only 106 in 2015.

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