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41 pirates killed in gun battles in Sundarbans in one year

Update : 20 Oct 2015, 07:18 PM

At least 41 forest robbers were killed in gun fights with members of law enforcement agencies in Sundarbans in the last one year.

During the period, 18 robbers were sent to jailed and 161 firearms were seized from the possession of robbers.

Acting officer-in-charge of Khulna district Special branch of police Abdur Rashid said   police had conducted eight drives in Sundarbans and recovered 43 firearms and 295 rounds of bullet since August 2014. At least 24 forest robbers were killed in gun fights with police.

M Mahfuzul Islam, lieutenant colonel of RAB 6, told the Dhaka Tribune that conducting drives in Sundarbans,  RAB personnel had stopped activities of nine robber gangs since September 2014. During the drives, three robbers were killed in gun battles.

Apart from this, 14 pirate leaders,  including Zia, Sumon, Khoka Babu, were sent to jail. All of them were listed criminals in Ministry of Home Affairs.

Major Hasibul Haque said RAB 8 had conducted 14 successful operations since September 2014. In this operations, 14 forest robbers were killed and four arrested.

During the drives, 89 firearms were seized. Apart from firearms, 652 rounds of bullet, four tiger skins, 30 mobile phone sets, 14 sim cards and one wrist watch were seized.

Major Hasibul Haque said people living in Satkhira, Khulna, Bagerhat, Barguna and Pirojpur districts are becoming victims of forest robbers while going to Sundarbans which is not only a land of beauty but also a great source of livelihood for the people of the south-western part of the country.

Thousands of fishermen are living in hardship as robbers continue abducting despite frequent drives conducted law enforcement agencies, inclining RAB and police. 

Frequent attacks by pirates have put both lives and livelihood of fishermen in grave peril in the Bay and Sundarbans.

Fishermen, honey collectors and wood-cutters have to pay a fixed amount of money to pirate to enter into Sundarbans.

But those fishermen fail to pay the amount pirates kidnap them and torture them immensely. Later, they release fishermen in exchange of ransom. Sometimes, forest robbers kill fishermen if their families fail to pay the amount.

On Monday, six fishermen were kidnapped by forest robbers from three canals in Satkhira range of Sundarbans.

Law enforcement agencies are conducting drives in Sundarbans to stop activities of pirates. 

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