'While some birds managed to fly off and save themselves, the others were caught by locals'
At least 60 endangered Shamuk Khol (Asian open billed stork) birds were killed by locals for consumption after they were injured in the recent cyclonic storm Amphan in Natore.
The incident occurring in Bajitpur village under Baraigram upazila has sparked much criticism among locals on Thursday.
The matter was confirmed by Afzal Hossain Babu, a member of the local ward.
“For quite some time, over a hundred Shamuk Khol birds have been inhabiting the trees and bamboo groves in Bajitpur. Due to strong winds prevailing in the village all night Wednesday, the birds fell from the trees and were hurt. While some birds managed to fly off, the others weren't so lucky and were caught by locals,” Ujjal, a resident of Bajitpur village.
Contacted, Baraigram police station Officer-in-Charge Dilip Kumar said police visited the scene to investigate the incident.
Meanwhile, over a hundred Shamuk Khol birds were also injured by the inclement weather at Shamskhalsi village birds' sanctuary under Naldanga upazila of Natore district.
“When I heard some locals snatched five of the injured birds, I tracked them down and released the birds into safety,” said Jewel Rana, a local bird enthusiast.