In a 20-minute firefight, Bangladesh authorities have killed six tiger poachers, with five officers being injured. Police managed to seize three tiger pelts, which were from animals that appeared to be freshly killed.
The gunfight took place in Khulna’s Koyra Upazila area on Sunday, August 9, when police raided the poacher’s camp in the Sundarbans mangrove forest, law enforcement officials said.
“The poachers first fired at us as we raided their den at Mandarbaria canal in the forest. We fired back. Six poachers were killed in the gunfight,” local police chief Harendranath Sarker said.
“We recovered three tiger skins, and five guns and ammunition,” local police official Harendranath Sarker told the BBC. “From the look and smell of the skins, it seemed that the tigers were killed not more than a week ago.”
According to IBT, A cache of firearms and skins of three adult tigers have also been seized at the site. The suspects have been identified as Siddiq Sana Ansar Ali Sana, Rafiqul Islam, Mamun Gazi, Bappi Dhali, and Majid Gazi. All of them are thought to be members of the notorious Ilias Bahini poaching gang, which is active at the Unesco World Heritage site of the Sundarbans mangrove forest.
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Sarker said the crackdown on poachers came in the wake of the forest department’s recent survey, which showed tiger numbers had declined in what was thought to be one of the world’s largest wild reserves for the rare animal, wrote ABC.
There have been conflicting reports that suggest the poachers were initially arrested in different parts of the forest and then later shot dead. It has also been reported that the police officers who were injured have been admitted to the hospital.
What are your thoughts? Is it OK to kill the poachers without a trial? I think everyone should have their day in court.