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159 bats recovered in Natore, poacher lands in jail

  • Published at 11:38 pm November 24th, 2019
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The recovered bats found by the police in Natore on Sunday, November 24, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Natore's Zhalmolia highway police station's Officer-in-Charge(OC) Mozammel Haque confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune on Sunday

Police have recovered 159 bats and an owl in Natore.

In this connection, an indigenous youth was sentenced to six months in prison by a mobile court, on charges of capturing, carrying and killing of bats and owl population.

Natore's Zhalmolia highway police station's Officer-in-Charge(OC) Mozammel Haque confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune on Sunday.

He said the poacher, Amal Sarder, 55, is from Chowgacha upazila in Jessore. 

OC Mozammel Haque said: "Based on an intelligence tip-off, highway police carried out a raid at Chandpur area Sunday afternoon." 

During the operation, police apprehended Amal and recovered a plastic sack - full of dead bats and an owl.

Later, Executive Magistrate Tasmina Khatun of mobile court sentenced Amal Sarder to six months in prison under the Wildlife Preservation and Security Act, 2012.

During police interrogation, Amal confessed to capturing the bats and owl with the help of his partners around Chandpur area in Natore. 

He also told police that he was taking those bats to Jessore for selling to indigenous people. He would sell a bat for Tk20-25.

District Indigenous Student Union President Kalidas Sen said, bats are consumed as a delicacy by the indigenous community in Jessore.

Upon receiving information, Debashish Dey of Rajshahi Range Wildlife Management and Nature Conservation Division, rushed to the spot. 

He told OC Mozammel that the agencies concerned were to investigate into the matter and take appropriate steps to prevent illegal hunting or capturing  and trading of wild animals.