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12:00 AM, October 23, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, October 23, 2019

46 fishermen jailed for netting hilsa during ban

2 cops also detained for carrying the fish

Mobile courts in last two days jailed 46 fishermen for short terms on charge of netting hilsa in Rajbari, Faridpur and Tangail districts during the ongoing temporary ban on catching, selling and carrying of the popular fish.

Two policemen were also detained for carrying the fish yesterday.

Our Faridpur Correspondent reports: Eighteen fishermen were jailed for catching hilsa while two policemen were detained for carrying the fish in Rajbari Sadar upazila yesterday.

The detained policemen are Shafiqul Islam, assistant sub-inspector (ASI), and Osman Gani, constable of Rajbari Police Lines.

“We conducted a drive with Rab-8 in the Padma river in Sadar upazila and detained 18 fishermen and ASI Shafiqul Islam from a fishing boat while locals caught the other policeman for carrying hilsa early Tuesday,” said Rafiqul Islam, nezarat deputy collector of Rajbari district administration, who conducted the mobile court.

“We handed over the two policemen to the district’s superintendent of police and sentenced the 18 fishermen to two to nine days of imprisonment,” he said.

The court also seized one lakh metres of fishing nets and 25 kg of hilsa from different places in the Padma in Rajbari Sadar upazila.

The seized hilsa was distributed among different orphanages.

Mizanur Rahman, superintendent of police in Rajbari, said departmental action will be taken against Shafiqul Islam and Osman Gani.

Another mobile court yesterday jailed six fishermen for 20 days and three others for 10 days for catching hilsa in Sadarpur and Char Bhadrasan upazilas in Faridpur.

Besides, 20,000 metres of fishing nets and 15 kg of hilsa were seized from different places in the Padma in the two upazilas.

Our Tangail Correspondent adds: A mobile court in Tangail on Monday jailed 19 fishermen for 10 days for violating the ongoing temporary ban on catching hilsa.

The fishermen were detained during the drive from 6:00pm on Sunday to 12:00am on Monday from Katulee, Hugra and Kakua unions in Sadar upazila when they were catching hilsa in the Jamuna river, said Samiran Kumar Saha, senior fisheries officer in Tangail Sadar upazila.

On Monday morning, the detainees were produced before the mobile court led by Executive Magistrate Torikul Islam, also upazila nirbahi officer in Tangail Sadar, and the court sentenced the fishermen to 10 days’ imprisonment, he said.

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