Publish: 15 Nov 2020, 02:53 pm
A mobile court has jailed nine poachers for killing an endangered hedgehog in Moulvibazar.
On Saturday night, Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) and Executive Magistrate Mohammad Shamim Al Imran passed the order.
The forest department detained nine people for hunting hedgehogs in the Madhabkund Ecopark area around 7:30 pm on Saturday, according to mobile court sources.
Mohammad Shamim Al Imran went to the spot upon receiving the news. The detainees pleaded guilty to the mobile court.
Under the Wildlife Conservation Act, the court sentenced Subal Bhumij, 25, and Jag Rabichandra, 25, to one month's imprisonment without parole for their direct participation in the killing of hedgehogs. At night, they were sent to the district jail.
Many species of wild animals have either gone extinct or become endangered in Bangladesh due to poaching and habitat loss in recent decades.
According to a survey conducted in 2018, there were only 114 tigers in the Sundarbans.