A case has also been filed under the Wildlife Preservation Act
The Bangladesh Forest Department’s Wildlife Crime Control Unit (WCCU) has recovered huge quantities of illegal wildlife souvenirs from an antique shop in Dhaka.
A WCCU team, along with members from the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), raided the antique shop – Craft Corner – at DIT Super Market in Paribagh area on Monday, and recovered the illegal items.
During the raid, the shop owner Humayun Kabir and his brother Mominul Islam were arrested for keeping the illegal items.
RAB Executive Magistrate Sarwoer Alam sentenced both of the arrestees to one year in prison and fined Tk50,000 each for possession of the souvenirs.
A case was also filed under the Wildlife Preservation Act against them.
WCCU Inspector Nargis Sultana confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.
During the raid, law enforcers recovered one Cheetah skin, one Slow Loris skin, one Fishing Cat skin, one Jungle Cat skin, and 227 pieces of monitor lizard skins were also seized from the shop.
At the same time, 32 pieces of deer skin bags, 21 snake leather ladies’ purse, and two snake leather money bags were also seized.
Nargis added: “They (the shop owners) denied storing the souvenirs and said those were at least 25 years old.”
However, the WCCU inspector said, the souvenirs were stored to sell to foreigners staying at the Inter-Continental Hotel, Dhaka.
The shop was sealed off following the raid.