Kathmandu : Police in Bangladesh have arrested a man accused of killing 70 tigers. He has been hunting tigers on the endangered species list for more than 20 years, according to police.
According to Saidur Rahman, local police chief of Bangladesh’s South Bagarhat district, Habib, also known as Tiger Habib, was arrested last Saturday. He had been living near the Sundarbans mangrover forest, a dense forest in Bangladesh.
The mangrove forest on the Indo-Bangladesh border is home to the world’s largest population of Bengal tigers.
The 50 year old accused has been remanded in custody in connection with a case pending in the court. Tiger skins, bones and meat have been smuggled to China and other countries after poaching in Bangladesh.
A study conducted by Bangladesh’s Forest Department in 2019 found that there were 114 Bengal tigers in the Sundarbans, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The number was 440 in a 2004 survey.
(Source : Online Khabar)