Tk 1cr wild elephant tusks seized in Ctg, one held

Published : 26 Dec 2023 08:19 PM

 RAB-7 arrested a smuggler with 2 kgs of rare wild ivory worth crores of taka from Firingibazar of Chittagong city.  The arrested person is Md Shahnewaz Bablu (35), son of lat Idris of Ramu police station in Cox's Bazar district.  The value of 2 wild elephant tusks is Tk 1 crore. On Sunday afternoon, RAB-7 set up a special check post on the cobbled road of Firingibazar area under Kotwali police station of Chittagong city on the basis of secret information and managed to arrest the smuggler with rare 2 kgs of wild ivory worth crores of taka.

On a secret information RAB-7 could learn that wild ivory is being illegally collected from Cox's Bazar and brought to Chittagong for sale.

On the basis of the said information, an expeditionary team of RAB-7, Chittagong set up a special check post and started searching the vehicles.  Meanwhile, the RAB members were able to arrest the smuggler Md Shahnewaz Bablu while trying to escape from the RAB check post area.  During the interrogation of the detainee, 2 wild ivory tusks were recovered from his possession.

For a long time, they have been illegally collecting the skins and ivory of various wild animals from the hilly areas of Cox's Bazar district and selling those at high prices in various parts of the country including Chittagong.

RAB-7 members said that the arrested person and the recovered ivory have been handed over to Kotwali police station for legal action.