Pachabdi Gazi

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Pachabdi Gazi was a famous Tiger hunter of Bangladesh.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Gazi was born in 1924 in Shara, Satkhira District, East Bengal, British India. He was born into a hunting family, his father was Meher Gazi, a notable tiger hunter who had killed 50 tigers and from who he inherited a muzzle loading double barrel rifle. His grandfather Ismail Gazi was also a hunter. He killed his first tiger when he was 17 in Paikgachha Upazila, Khulna District. The tiger was known as the terror of Golkhali.[3] He was often employed by the Government of Bangladesh to hunt human killing tigers after the Government of Bangladesh banned tiger hunting in 1972.[4]

Career[edit]

Gazi worked with the Rangers of the Forest Department. He was appointed a forest guard as his notoriety increased. He used a number of methods to hunt tigers, including killing them from tree tops. He was viewed by honey collectors and others working in the forest as a saviour for protecting them from tigers. He was awarded Tamgha-i-Khidmat in 1968 by the Government of Pakistan. In his career he is estimated to have killed 57-61 tigers including a 12 feet long tiger. His last kill was known as the terror of Talpatti.[3][5]

Death and legacy[edit]

Gazi died in 1997.[3] The book Eighteen tides and a tiger by Anjana Basu has a tiger hunter named Pachabdi Gazi after him.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Druk Losel. Department of Information, Ministry of Development. 1985. p. 19.
  2. ^ Bangladesh Quarterly. Department of Films & Publications, Government of Bangladesh. 2009. p. 57.
  3. ^ a b c Jahangiri, Mahmood Nasir. "Gazi, Pachabdi". en.banglapedia.org. Banglapedia. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Natural causes claim hunter who slew 61 tigers". DeseretNews.com. 16 October 1997. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  5. ^ Cat News. Cat Specialist Group, International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, Species Survival Commission. 1997. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  6. ^ Basu, Anjana (2017). Eighteen tides and a tiger. The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). p. 80. ISBN 9788179936498.