A fire broke out at the Lawachara forest in Moulvibazar on Saturday, April 24, 2021 Dhaka Tribune

Locals suspect that a vested group intentionally started the fire to grab land of the forest

A fire has broken out at the Lawachara forest in Moulvibazar. 

The incident occurred at the Baghmara Camp area of the forest at around 2pm on Saturday.

Locals suspect that a vested group intentionally, in a planned way, started the fire to grab land of the forest.

Fire service officials trying to douse a fire that broke out at the Lawachara forest in Moulvibazar on Saturday, April 24, 2021 | Dhaka Tribune

According to fire service sources, the fire, which is yet to be brought under control, has done substantial damage to the trees and biodiversity of the Lawachara forest.

A team led by Forest Beat Officer Mizanur Rahman of the Wildlife Management and Nature Conservation Division is working on the scene.

Motaher Hossain, a forest guard at the Baghmara Camp, said: “I don’t know how the fire started. The damage done by the fire cannot be measured until it is completely doused.”

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