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802 birds rescued, 2 held in Gazipur

Thereport24.com Correspondent, Gazipur:

Anti-wildlife crime force has detained two men along with a total of 802 birds in Riaz Nagar area of Gazipur city early Wednesday.

The detainees are Lal Mia, 50, and Nazrul Islam, 35

Ashim Mallick, inspector of Wildlife Crime Control Unit, told thereport24.com a team of the unit raided the area at the dawn, nabbed the duo and rescued 380 parrots and 422 estrildid finches, locally known as Munia, there.

The seized birds would be released Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Safari Park in Gazipur, Ashim said.

According to the inspector, the duo was set to be punished by mobile court.

Bangladesh Forest Department set up the Wildlife Crime Control Unit under the World Bank’s project titled ‘Strengthening Regional Cooperation for Wildlife Protection in Asia (SRCWP)’ to implement the Bangladesh Wildlife (Conservation) Act 2012.

The Unit coordinates with other agencies including Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Border Guard, Coast Guard, Customs, Police, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs to tackle wildlife crime within Bangladesh.

It also collaborates with TRAFFIC, UNODC, INTERPOL, and the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) internationally to build synergies and to develop and implement tools for more effective enforcement of the wildlife trade and landscape based conservation.

Equipped with a forensics lab, a legal support arm, and a wildlife crime control group, the Unit also operates a 24-hour hotline for reporting of illegal wildlife trafficking and other wildlife related crimes.

Ends/thereport24.com/HB/Oct 07, 2015