Bangladesh: A mobile court on Friday sentenced four people to one year in jail for poaching a number of birds of different species at Itkhola in Savar on the outskirts of the capital.
The court run by Wildlife Crime Control Unit (WCCU) and Rapid Action Battalion gave the punishment to the four and rescued 710 birds during a drive around 10:00am. WCCU Inspector Ashim Mallik said the birds were later released in the open air of Dhaka University campus.
The convicts -- Osman Gani, Chan Mia, Rahmat and Rafiqul -- are involved with poaching and selling of birds, he added. According to the WCCU, birds are being hunted indiscriminately in various chars, canals, and the Padma River in Goalanda upazila of Rajbari and Chalan Beel in Pabna and Rajshai.
As per law, bird catching is prohibited but professional hunters continue poaching birds for selling them in the market. Professional as well as amateur bird hunters, have now become active as winter is approaching..
Although bird hunting is a punishable offense under the Wildlife Conservation Act, they continue to pouch birds in violation of the law. However, most of the professional hunters are known to be from Pabna and Sirajganj districts.
Mokshed Pramanik of Kashinathpur upazila of Pabna, who came to sell birds at Goalanda Bazar, said a lot of birds were found in the river and char areas at the time. They (professional hunters) are hunting and selling birds in the char area of the Padma river.
Md Sirajul Haque, Rajbari District Forest Department Range Officer, said that the importance of birds in maintaining the balance of nature and enhancing natural beauty is immense.
There is a provision of six months to two years imprisonment for bird hunting in the Wildlife Conservation Act. Measures will be taken soon to stop bird hunting, he added.
Source: (Daily Sun)