HC asks for action over tigers trafficking, killings

New Age Online

High CourtThe High Court on Sunday asked the government to let it know the initiatives taken on the basis of a recent Interpol report that found political influence in trafficking and killings of tigers at Sunderbans in Bangladesh.
Home and forest ministry secretaries, the inspector general of police, the deputy inspector general at Khulna range, the coast guard’s director general, the deputy commissioners and police superintendents of Khulna, Satkhira and Bagherhat districts  were asked to submit separate reports.
A bench of justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and justice JN Deb Choudhury issued the order following a newspaper report published on July 29 under the headline of ‘Trafficking and killing of tiger in political influence.’
The report stated that Interpol submitted two reports about its finding on the matter to the government in January.
Interpol report said that the number of tigers was 440 in 2004 while the figure was reduced to 106 in 2015.
Quoting Interpol, the report said that two pirate gangs operating in Sunderbans were haunting and killing and another gang was assisting the two groups politically and administratively.
The report said that Interpol indentified 32 people as ring leaders of the gang.

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