Law enforcers who successfully tamed piracy in the Sundarbans are facing a new threat from deer poaching teams which have increased their activity on the western fringes of the national park.
The joint efforts of elite Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) teams, specially RAB 6 and RAB 8, have brought stability to Sundarbans’ ecosystem following problems with lawless pirates.
However, the sudden rise in deer poaching activity and a recent fight between rival teams has begun to threaten the short-lived peace once again.
According to locals, two poachers from Kalinchi in the Satkhira region took their teams into the jungle and brought back deer meat to sell in the markets.
But the two teams clashed over the sale and poaching of deer meat, leading to the injury of 15 people who were admitted to the Health Complex in Shyamnagar.
When locals informed the Koikhali Forest Office, Officer FG Mizanur Rahman led a team to capture the poachers, named as Kader Gazi, son of Janab Gazi, and Gokul Mondol, son of Girendra Nath Mondol.
But the poachers had been alerted beforehand and hid the contraband, alleged locals.
Koikhali Forest Officer FG Mizanur Rahman said: “We carried out a raid as soon as we heard about the deer poaching incident, but we were unable to recover anything.”
He said it was the responsibility of every citizen to protect the Sundarbans and its diverse wildlife.
“The government gives out gun permits for the safety of the population, not to hunt deer. Society demands the rightful punishment of those involved in the Kalinchi incident,” he said.