Forty parrots were released in Panchagarh on Friday noon after they were rescued from a bus while being smuggled to other areas by poachers.
Deputy commissioner of Panchagarh Sabina Yasmin released the parrots into air on her office premises in presence of government officials, socio-cultural and environmental activists, civil society members and the local elite.
Panchagarh Sadar beat officer of the Department of Forests Md Anwarul Islam said that the parrots were rescued from a Sirajganj-bound bus at Banglabandha in Tentulia upazila of Panchagarh town in the morning.
‘Acting on a tip off, a special team of the department intercepted the bus at the Chowrangi Crossing in Panchagarh town and rescued the parrots from a three-tier cage,’ he said.
He said that the green parrots were of native species and generally lived in forests Panchagarh and other adjoining districts.
‘During primary investigation, we found that a person named Abdul Jabbar of village Hulashujyote in Tentulia upazila caught the parrots with special traps and sold to a suspected bird poacher Majibul Haque of Natore,’ Islam said.
The cage was loaded onto rooftop of the bus by someone in Tentulia possibly for being smuggled to the capital, he said.
‘We could not arrest anybody in this connection during the raid. We handed over the parrots immediately to the Panchagarh deputy commissioner,’ Islam said.
The deputy commissioner opened the cage doors when all the parrots came out one by one screeching and flew away into the open air.
Additional deputy commissioner (general) of Panchagarh Mohammad Golam Azam, Panchagarh Sadar beat officer of the Department of Forests Anwarul Islam and Press Club president Shafiqul Alam were present on the occasion.
Panchagarh deputy commissioner Sabina Yasmin said, ‘Hunting, catching and killing of wild birds are strictly prohibited and punishable offences as per the Wildlife (Conservation and Security) Act, 2012.’
‘We immediately released the rescued parrots which flew back to the nearby forests,’ Sabina added.
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