Dhaka, Aug 24 (UNB) – Inspector General of Police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Hoque has said the tiger range countries should enact a forest rights law to protect the wildlife as tigers are in imminent danger of extinctiong due to theg illegal activities of a vested quarter.
“International laws and regulations are enacted in many countries to protect the flora and fauna. Accordingly, the tiger range countries should enact a forest rights act to protect the wildlife,” he said.
The IGP was addressing the inaugural ceremony of a two-weeklong training course titled ‘Intelligence Analysis for Tiger Range Countries’ at Police Staff College in the city on Sunday.
Sponsored by Interpol, the opening session of the training programme was presided over by Rector of the Police Staff College Fatema Begum.
Noting that the god-gifted creatures should not be extinct due to the unlawful and unfair move of men, the IGP said tigers need undisturbed natural habitat to live and breed.
“In our Sundarbans mangrove forest, the Royal Bengal Tigers live. But the tiger census shows that tiger population is being reduced day by day due to some factors that have adverse impact on tiger population,” he said.
He underscored the need for a congenial ecosystem and danger-free environment across the Sundarbans for a viable population of Bengal Tigers. “Poaching by illegal hunters is to be stopped,” the chief of Bangladesh Police said.
He said Bangladesh Police is working relentlessly and has a firm policy to protect the tigers and other wildlife in the world’s largest mangrove forest.
Citing statistics, the IGP said in the last five years, 71 poachers and forest bandits were killed in gunfights with law enforcers and another 223 arrested.
Along with tiger skins and tiger bones, a large quantity of arms and ammunition were recovered and 87 cases were recorded in this regard, he said, adding, “We’ve also enacted Wildlife (Conservation and Protection) Act in 2012 to protect and combat wildlife crimes.”
Shahidul Hoque hoped that the specialised training course will focus on intelligence management for criminal analysts from the tiger range countries.
He said the tiger range countries need sufficient knowledge on how to analyse the data from a large amount of information that are available in the domain. “Hence, the very objective of this course is to increase the analytical capability of these countries to better respond to wildlife crime.”
“I hope such training will essentially increase collaboration between tiger range countries in transnational investigations, information sharing and identification of criminal networks,” he added.
Twenty people from Bangladesh, India, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Laos, Nepal, Thailand and Cambodia have been participating in the training course.
Dario Galasso, criminal intelligence analyst of Interpol, also spoke on the occasion.