Sundarbans, Nov 05 (BAN/ AD): Forest department has arrested 60 deer poachers who were carrying huge numbers of snares on three trawlers near Sundarbans. The poachers were disguised as pilgrims, at Chandpai range of the Sundarbans’ East Zone under Khulna’s Mongla upazila.
On Tuesday forest officials of Chandpai range made arrests around 4am. The suspects are residents of Gaurambha area under Rampal upazila of Bagerhat district. Forrest officials have recovered huge numbers of deer-hunting snares from the spot. The matter was confirmed by Sundarbans East Forest Zone Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Md Mahmudul Hasan. He said: “The forest department officials keep a watchful eye on Ras Mela bound pilgrims each year.
Forrest officials said “On Tuesday, as the alleged deer-poaching team was approaching the area on three trawlers, officials of the Chandpai range caught them and recovered the deer snares.”
Ras Mela, a religious festival of the Hindu community, takes place on the full-moon night of the Bangla months of Karthik or Agrahayan every year. In the Sundarbans, it is celebrated each year at Dublar Char.