Delhi: A poacher accused of killing not less than 70 endangered Bengal tigers has been caught in Bangladesh after evading arrest for 20 years.
Habib Talukder, 50, nicknamed “Tiger Habib”, was arrested within the early hours of Saturday from a village subsequent to the Sundarbans mangrove forest within the southern Bagerhat district. He’s mentioned to have turned poacher after beginning out as a collector of untamed honey.
Saidur Rahman, the Sharankhola police chief, mentioned: “He lived subsequent to the forest space and would make the most of dense foliage to flee from our web. This time, we had particular details about his location and he ran out of luck. He was recognized for his searching expertise and was listed as a most needed fugitive for police and forest officers.”
Talukder was introduced earlier than a courtroom that despatched him into judicial custody after police formally charged him for the searching of three tigers and 5 deer, the official mentioned.
Muhammad Joynal Abedin, the assistant conservator of forests of Sharankhola vary, mentioned Talukder had confessed to the killing of not less than 70 tigers.
“He was on the run for a very long time. There are 9 instances of forest crimes registered in opposition to him,” Abedin mentioned.
Talukder would secretly enter the Sundarbans and hunt wild animals regardless of having being banned from getting into the forest way back, he added.
Talukder is believed to have hyperlinks with gangs that function throughout the Sundarbans, poaching wild animals and benefiting from promoting their pelts, bones, enamel and uncooked meat on the black market, Abedin mentioned.
On the Indian facet of the Sundarbans there are 103 Bengal tigers, that are the one tigers that inhabit mangrove forests.