Bangladesh Coast Guard on Tuesday held five suspected wildlife smugglers in possession of two rare species of tokay gecko lizards at Paikgachha in Khulna, BCG said in a press release on Wednesday.
BCG said that their west zone officials conducted the drive adjacent to Garikhali ferry terminal on Tuesday night and arrested the five with two geckoes worth Tk 2,14,30,000.
One of the two geckoes weighs 400 grams and is 16 inches long and the other weighs 300 grams and is 12 inches long.
The arrestees are Md Saiful Islam, Ziaul, Rubel, Rashid and Joynal. All are residents of different villages of Paikgachha upazila.
The seized geckoes were later handed over to the Paikgachha Forest Office under the supervision of the upazila executive officer, said the release.
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