July 31, 2021


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4 more deer floating in the tide from the Sundarbans

Four more deer have been rescued from the Sundarbans due to cyclone Yas. Two were rescued alive and two were found dead.

On Thursday morning, locals rescued two live deer floating in tidal water from Kachubaria village in Mathbaria upazila of Pirojpur district. Besides, two dead deer were rescued from Kachikhali in Sundarbans and Baleshwar river in Sharankhola around 11am.

Earlier on Wednesday afternoon, the Forest Department rescued two dead deer from Dublarchar in the Sundarbans and Baleshwar River in Sharankhola. Four dead and two live deer were rescued from the Sundarbans in two days. More wildlife is expected to die in the World Heritage Sundarbans due to the tidal wave.

Meanwhile, the Sundarbans was again submerged in unusually high tides on Thursday afternoon. Water has flowed in the Sundarbans at a height of two to two and a half feet. According to various sources, the wildlife has run in different directions as different parts of the Sundarbans have been submerged in the water.

The forest department could not say how much damage has been done to the wildlife in the Sundarbans. However, the forest department has reported damage to several infrastructures, including freshwater ponds and offices in the Sundarbans.

Muhammad Belayet Hossain, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of the Eastern Division of the Sundarbans, said various areas of the Sundarbans were submerged by the unusually high tide. Six deer were rescued from the Sundarbans. Of these, four are dead and two are live deer. Two live deer have been released in the Sundarbans. And four dead deer have been buried.

Forest Officer Muhammad Belayet Hossain said 11 jetties, six freshwater ponds, two forest department offices, a staff barracks, 12 roads and a foot trail were damaged in the storm.

In Satkhira, in 2002, the High Court granted bail to six BNP supporters convicted in a case of assault on the then Leader of the Opposition, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. At the same time, a full bench of the Appellate Division has fixed May 30 for hearing on the state’s appeal against the High Court order.

On May 25, the High Court granted bail to Advocate Abdus Sattar, former general secretary of the Satkhira District Bar Association, and Abdus Samad, a lawyer of the Supreme Court. The other five people who were granted bail were Golam Rasul, Zahirul Islam, Rakib, Shahabuddin and Monirul Islam. The state applied for a stay of bail on Thursday. The application was heard. Attorneys General AM Amin Uddin and Additional Attorney General SM Munir represented the state. Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon was the lawyer for the BNP leaders and workers.

On August 30, 2002, Sheikh Hasina’s convoy was attacked on the Jessore-Satkhira road in front of the Kalaroa Upazila BNP office in Satkhira. Several people, including former MP Mujibur Rahman, were injured in the incident. On the same day, Kalaroa Upazila Freedom Fighter Commander Moslem Uddin filed a case. After investigating the case, the police filed a chargesheet against 50 people including Habibul Islam in 2015. According to the charges against the accused, the attack was carried out with the intention of killing Sheikh Hasina. Following the trial in the case, the Satkhira Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court sentenced all the accused (50) on February 4. The verdict sentenced Habibul Islam to 10 years in prison under various sections. Besides, former general secretary of Satkhira District Bar Association Advocate Abdus Sattar and other accused were sentenced to different terms. The accused appealed to the Satkhira District Sessions Judge’s Court against the sentence. Which is pending there.