An employee of a pet shop and his associate were each jailed for six months after being arrested in the capital’s Katabon last night by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) for keeping with an intention to sell three endangered fishing cat kittens alongside possessing half a kilogramme of marijuana.
A raid based on a tip-off was conducted on a residence on Begumer Goli around 11:00pm, leading to the rescue of the kittens and arrest of the employee, Subel Ali, and the tenant, Mohammad Ali, who had in possession the marijuana.
The name of Subel Ali’s employer could not be known immediately. Magistrate Anwar Pasha passed the jail sentence on the spot.
Subel claimed that a person, whom he did not name, residing in Bikrampur of Munshiganj provided the kittens a couple of days ago.
Rab 2 Commander Mohammad Shajjad Raihan told journalists that such rare species of animals were secretly bought and kept as pets by the affluent section of society.
Wildlife Inspector (Forest) Sohel Rana said fishing cats were disappearing fast due to loss of habitat.