Law enforcing agencies has seized a large haul of wild animal hides, including leopard, deer and snake, from a shop in Paribagh area in the capital on Monday.
The Forest Department's Wildlife Crime Control Unit (WCCU) conducted the raid on the store—Craft Corner—at the DIT Super Market on Monday.After the seizure of animal hides, a Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) mobile court sentenced the owners of the shop, Hamuyun Kabir and Mominul Islam, to a year in jail under the Wildlife Preservation Act.
RAB’s Executive Magistrate Sarwoer Alam confirmed the matter saying the court also slapped fines of Tk 50,000 on each of them.
The authorities recovered a total of 288 wild animal hides, including one leopard skin, one fishing cat skin, two slow loris skins, 227 monitor lizard skins, a deer horn and three corals, said WCCU Inspector Ashim Mollik.
They also confiscated 21 bags and two wallets made of snake skin.