High Court directs swift action against elephant killing (Bangladesh)
November 22, 2021
Three wildlife activists filed a writ petition on November 21
The High Court on Monday directed the authorities concerned to take prompt
action against elephant killings in the country.
The court also issued a rule and directed the Information and Broadcasting
Ministry to spread awareness on preventing elephant killings.
The bench of justice Md Mostafizur Rahman and Justice M Enayetur Rahim
passed the order after holding a hearing on a writ petition seeking
directions to stop elephant killing across the country.
The court issued a rule questioning why direction will not be given to
publish a gazette announcing 12 elephant corridors as conserved following
the Wildlife (Conservation and Security) Act, 2012.
The court also questioned why inaction against preventing elephant killing
by the respondents mentioned in the petition should not be declared illegal.
On November 21, three wildlife activists including Adnan Azad and Farzana
Yasmin filed the writ petition seeking direction on steps for ending
elephant killing in Cox’s bazar, Chittagong, Sherpur and other areas in the
In the petition, 21 people including the environment secretary, information
secretary, director general of the forest department, district
commissioners of Chittagong and Cox’s bazar were made respondents.
On November 9, the Forest Department filed a Prosecution Offense Report
case with Chittagong forest court against three people over killing a wild
elephant in Satkania.