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Two were arrested along with a leopard and a mechho cat while being smuggled in Lohagara

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  • 28 October, 2022 18:58:31

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Lohagara (Chittagram) Correspondent: Police arrested two persons including a critically endangered leopard cat, three mechho cats and a Mathura rooster during smuggling in Lohagara, Chittagong. On Thursday (October 27) at around 7 pm, a leopard cat, three mechho cats of Mathura, a protected wildlife species, were recovered from in front of SI counter at Battali station of Chittagong-Cox's Bazar highway. The arrested are Md Emran (26) son of Babul Mia of Fatehabad area of ​​Comilla Debidwar Upazila and Alim Uddin (35) son of Shamshul Alam of Alikdam Naya Para of Bandarban Hill District. Upazila Assistant Commissioner (Land) and Executive Magistrate Mohammad Shahjahan sentenced both of them to 6 months without labor imprisonment and fined five thousand taka by the mobile court. Police OC Md. was present at the time. Atiqur Rahman, police station SI. Nurunnabi, Chunti Wildlife Sanctuary Range Officer. Mahmud Hossain. Chunti Wildlife Sanctuary Range Officer Mahmud said the names of the rescued animals One Cheetah Cat, three Mecho Cats and one Mathura Rooster. They are carnivores. Lives on rats, fish, frogs. Mathura animal ants eat spiders. The animals are very endangered species. The animals will be taken to Dullahazara Safari Park where they will be released into the forest after testing. Executive Magistrate and Upazila Assistant Commissioner (Lands) Mohammad Shahjahan said, the arrested persons admitted that they were taking these animals of rare species for sale. According to section 34 (b) of the Wildlife Conservation and Safety Act, 2012, buying and selling and importing and exporting wild animals is a punishable offence. As the arrested persons admitted their crime in the mobile court, according to the law each of them was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment without labor and a fine of five thousand rupees, in default of the fine, another month imprisonment without labor was imposed.

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