Steps taken against deer poaching as 'Rash Mela' nears

Steps taken against deer poaching as ‘Rash Mela’ nears


Bagerhat –The Forest Department has taken some measures to prevent the poaching of deer and other wild animals in the Sundarbans ahead of ‘Rash Mela’, a traditional Hindu religious festival, at Alorkol in Dublar Char Island near the Bay of Bengal, beginning on Saturday.
Carrying of firearms, explosives, hunter net, trap and rope have been prohibited in the area to check poaching of deer and other wild animals.Besides, this year, authorities have banned fishing inside the Sundarbans for three days during the festival.
Sources at the Forest Department said they have fixed eight routes to enter Dublar Char for celebrating ‘Rash Mela’. The Hindu devotees and tourists who will come to join the festival will have to enter it through the eight points after paying fees.
The devotees will have to pay Tk 50 each while the visitors Tk 70 and the foreign tourists Tk 1000 as fee to enter the festival point.
The eight entry points are—Dhangmari in Sundarbans, Chandpai, Bogi, Sharankhola, Supti Station, Jelepalli patrol camp, Dubla, Burigoalini, Kobadak, Kadamtala, Koikhali and Nalian Station.
Saidul Islam, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of Sundarbans East Zone, said the forest department has taken strong security measures over the three-day festival.
Eight check-posts were set up at the entry points and 19 mobile teams have been formed to monitor all kinds of illegal activities. Of the teams, 16 will keep patrolling in different areas while three teams in Dublar Char, he said.
Four joint forces team including police and forest department members will keep patrol in Mongla and Sharankhola areas while police, Rab, coastguard and forest department will be deployed in different areas of the forest.
Pankaj Chandra Roy, Superintendent of Bagerhat Police, said members of law enforcement agencies will remain alert round the clock to ensure security of the devotees and the visitors. – UNB


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