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. He was often employed by the Government of Bangladesh to hunt human killing tigers after the Government of Bangladesh banned tiger hunting in 1972.
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.
Death and legacy
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