Rajshahi trader faces action for dumping goatskins into Padma
A trader of Rajshahi city is in deep trouble after dumping the rawhides into the river Padma. He is now facing legal action over polluting the river water.
During the Eid-ul-Azha this year the rawhides of sacrificial animals have been sold at cheaper prices in Rajshahi city. The real traders were very cautious in buying the rawhides. But the seasonal traders bought the rawhides at higher prices without proper understanding about the market trends. Subsequently, they couldn't sold their rawhides at the prices they bought from people and incurred losses.
Failing to sell, Sakhawat Hossain, a local trader dumped a large quantity of goatskins into the river Padma at Bulonpur area of the city carrying those by a rickshaw van to the bank of the river on the following day of Eid-ul-Azha. The pictures and video of his dumping became viral on social media. Now, he is facing deep trouble. Process is going on to take legal action against him on charge of environmental pollution.
Pictures and video footage of dumping goatskins into the river had spread throughout the internet by Sunday morning. News was also published in the media. The matter came to the attention of the Ministry of Commerce. The ministry asked additional deputy commissioner (Overall) Muhammad Shariful Huq to investigate the matter. A team of the commerce ministry led by the investigation officer probed the matter and submitted their report to the ministry concerned on Sunday.
Talking to the Daily Observer, additional deputy commissioner (Overall) Muhammad Shariful Huq said the person who dumped the goatskins into the river is a seasonal trader. He had no idea of buying-selling or preserving hides. After buying the goatskins, he tried to sell those in Natore and Rajshahi. But he failed to sell or preserve those. As a result, the goatskins he bought started rotting. Because of it, he finally dumped the goatskins into the river.
Shariful Huq said it seemed to him that the goatskins were dumped into the river deliberately. Because of it, photos and videos had spread on internet. "After his failure to sell the goatskins, he could inform us or bury those. But, he has polluted
the environment by dumping the goatskins into the river. So, the Department of Environment (DoE) Rajshahi office has been asked to take necessary legal action against him," he said.
DoE Rajshahi office Deputy Director Mohammad Monir Hossain said, "In order to take action against anyone, we first need to determine whether any environmental pollution has happened at all. Three bottles of water have been collected where the goatskins were dumped. The samples have been sent to Bogura Lab for testing. We will take steps after receiving the report of the test of water in the lab."