Police today rescued four cubs of lion and leopard from a Prado jeep in Jessore Sadar upazila.
The cubs – two of lion and two of leopard – were being taken from Dhaka’s Uttara to Benapole by the jeep (Dhaka Metro-Gha 13-2790) illegally, said Syed Bayejid Hossain, in-charge of Chansra police camp.
On a tip off, the camp police challenged the vehicle at Chansra intersection around 10:10 am and rescued the cubs, the police official told our Benapole correspondent.
The law enforcers also detained two people, Rana Bhuiyan, 27, of Narsingdi and Kamruzzaman Babu, 30, of Bogra, in this connection, he said, adding that they are being interrogated for further information.
Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) Jessore office sources said they primarily came to know that the vehicle is owned by one “Md Khwaja Moinuddin, an official of M/S. Star gold international in Banani”.
The cubs are kept at the police lines till filing of the report this evening.
They will be sent to Bangabandhu Safari Park in Gazipur if court orders to hand them over to Wildlife Management and Nature Conservation Division.