8 maunds of poisoned shrimp seized from Sundarbans
The forest department has seized a boat with eight maunds of shrimp that were poisoned from a creek around Sundarbans.
The incident took place on the Katakhali creek under Chandpai range of the Sundarbans Eastern Division in the morning today.
Later forest rangers buried the shrimp after spraying kerosene on them as per the instruction of higher authorities, reports our Bagerhat correspondent.
Md Belayat Hossain, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of Sundarbans East Forest Department, said foresters raided the canal acting on a tip-off. Fishermen who were on the boat fled the scene after sensing presence of forest rangers.
After searching the boat, the rangers found eight maunds of shrimp of several species in several drums, he added.
These were caught with pesticides from different creeks and rivers in the forest. "Consuming the shrimp can be harmful for health, so, we have buried them by spaying kerosene. Preparation is underway to file a case," the official added.
Maund is a varying unit of weight in some Asian countries, especially an Indian and Bangladeshi unit of weight equivalent to about 37kg.