B’desh lawyer seeks $1.27 lakh over Bangabahur death
A Supreme Court lawyer in Bangladesh has petitioned the High Court here to order the government to recover Tk 1 crore as compensation from those responsible for the death of 'Bangabahadur', a wild Indian elephant which was swept away 1,700 km by raging floods in the Brahmaputra river.
Eunus Ali Akond pleaded the court to order the government to constitute a judicial inquiry to probe the incident.
In his petition, Akond said that the government is responsible for protecting and preserving the environment and wildlife under Article 18 (A) of the Constitution. The government failed to discharge its constitutional duties as it could not rescue the elephant, he has alleged according to a report in The Dailystar.
He pleaded the court to order the government to recover Tk 1 crore (about $1.27 lakh) from those responsible for the elephant's death.
Bangabahadur (Bengal's Hero), a fully grown male elephant which weighed 4 tonnes, died of heart attack in the northern Jamalpur district, about 200 km from capital Dhaka on Tuesday.
It was separated from its herd on June 27 in Assam - where monsoon floods have made life difficult - and got washed away in the streams of mighty Brahmaputra to downstream Bangladesh.