Despite various preventive measures taken by the Forest Department and the law enforcement agencies, a good number of deer was killed by the poachers at different points of Sundarbans during the three-day Rash Mela that ended on Sunday in Dublar Char area.
In a drive on Friday midnight, a special team of the West Forest Department of Sundarban arrested 27 poachers from Patkusta and Kalirchar area under Nalian Forest Station in Dakop upazil. They also seized 15 kgs of venison along with two trawlers from their possession.
Assistant Forest Conservator (ACF) of West Forest Department in Sundarban Md Towfikul Islam said, acting on a tip-off, the forest guards conducted a drive in the area and arrested the poachers who sneaked into the Sundarbans in the guise of pilgrims to attend the Rash Mela allegedly managing a section of the forest personnel.
They are alleged to have entered the forest about a week before the commencement of the Rash Mela, he said, adding that the arrestees were sent to the jail on Saturday while the venison was distributed among the destitute.
The three day-long ‘Rash Mela’, a traditional fair and Rash Purnima bath (Sea bath) of the Hindu community, began from November 15 at Dublarchar in the Sundarbans. Rash Mela is one of the main festivals of the members of Hindu community.