The day started like any other for a group of fishermen in Pabna. They went to the river on their boat in Sujanagar upazila yesterday, hoping to net a good haul.
But luck was not on their side.
Failing to catch any, they decided to go to Najirganj Ghat point of the river in the afternoon and try for one last time.
Around 4pm, while pulling the net from the river, it felt strange. It was oddly shaped and heavier than usual. While expecting a large quantity of fish, what they found was totally unexpected -- a barrel.
Without taking any chance, they informed law enforcers right away.
When police reached the spot and opened the drum, they found bottles of foreign liquor inside -- 28 to be exact.
There was also a mobile phone in the drum, perhaps used for tracking the barrel, said police.
“We are looking into the matter,” said Md Badruddoza, officer-in-charge of Sujanagar Police Station.
Contacted, Md Shahinuzzaman, Sujangar upazila parishad chairman, said Najirganj Ghat area is next to Rajbari district and drug peddlers often use the route to transport illegal goods through Pabna and Kushtia.
“They might have left the drum in the river,” he said, demanding a proper investigation.