Md. Shahidul Islam, Bagerhat representative :: Bagerhat district police has launched a special operation to protect the forest resources of the Sundarbans and curb banditry.
The operation was inaugurated by Superintendent of Police Pankaj Chandra Roy at the Water Jetty area of Mongla Port adjacent to Pashurnadi in the district on Friday afternoon.
Assistant Superintendent of Police Asif Iqbal, Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Mongla Police Station Md Iqbal Bahar Chowdhury, OC (Investigation) Tuhin Mandal and other police personnel were present.
A team of 20 members of Mongla Police Station will be divided into two parts and conduct operations in coastal areas including Sundarbans and Bay of Bengal. Superintendent of Police Pankaj Chandra Roy also said that the operation would continue to curb Sundarbans-centric crime.
Bagerhat Superintendent of Police Pankaj Chandra Roy said, “Sundarbans is our resource. Like the mother of the people of the southwest. But some unscrupulous people are fishing in the Sundarbans by applying poison due to greed. As a result, not only fish resources are being destroyed, other animals are also dying by eating poisoned fish, river water is being wasted. All in all, the biodiversity of the Sundarbans is under threat. This is accompanied by the annoyance of bandits and poachers. Bandits torture legitimate fishermen. Poachers smuggle tigers, deer and other endangered species in the Sundarbans. Some have even started cutting down trees that are forbidden to cut down again. Due to these reasons, the biodiversity and beauty of the Sundarbans is being severely damaged. Therefore, in the interest of the country and the people, to save the Sundarbans, a special campaign will be launched to suppress all forest-centric crimes.
We are starting with the capabilities we have. If necessary, modern and fast boats will be arranged. He also said that maximum efforts would be made by the Bagerhat district police to free the Sundarbans from criminals.
Our Sundarbans is recognized as a World Heritage Site. The area of this forest in Bangladesh is 6,016 square kilometers. There are 365 species of animals including tiger, monkey, chitra and maya deer, forest cat, salt water crocodile, wild boar and otter.
In addition, the river canals inside the Sundarbans are home to numerous species of fish and endangered Irrawaddy dolphins.