A mobile court of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) 10 in Dhaka has sentenced three people to nine months of imprisonment each for selling turtles of endangered species.
The court, led by RAB Headquarters Executive Magistrate Sarwar Alam, passed the sentences after the trio was detained at Shakhari Bazar in Old Dhaka around 9am on Friday.
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The rare turtles recovered during a RAB raid in Old Dhaka's Shakhari Bazar area on Friday, February 23, 2018, will released in the Bhawal National Park | Focus Bangla
During the raid, the law enforcement officials also recovered a number of turtles meant for selling. There is a ban on selling and buying such rare turtles in Bangladesh.
The detainees were identified as Dipak Nandi, Ponir Chandra Das and Moyna Rani.
Of them, Ponir was arrested earlier and jailed for six months for committing the same crime, said Wildlife Crime Control Unit Inspector Asim Kumar Mallick. “Ponir had secured bail and came out after serving four months in jail.”
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“The turtles recovered from them are of an endangered species. They will be released in the Bhawal National Park,” said Asim.
Magistrate Sarwar said the three detainees were members of a 12 to 14-strong group that have been collecting these turtles from waterbodies in Munshiganj and Narsingdi and selling them at Shakhari bazar for a while.
This article was first published on banglatribune.com