Journo, police ‘loot’ Hilsa fishes, 4 cops closed

Sun Online Desk

29th October, 2019 01:12:55 printer

Journo, police ‘loot’ Hilsa fishes, 4 cops closed

A sub inspector among four police members of Charbhadrasan police station in Faridpur were closed on Monday after they were accused of ‘looting’ Hilsha fishes from local fishermen combining with some ‘journalist’ and fisheries’ official.

The closed police members are—SI Mizanur Rahman, constable Kutubuddin, Farhad Hossain and Selim Mia, according to media reports.

Charbhadrasan Police Station Officer-in-Charge Harun Aur Rashid said SI Mizanur Rahman and three constables were withdrawn from the Charbhadrasan police station and added to Faridpur police lines.

On Sunday night, field assistant Shamim Arefin of Upazila Fisheries Office along with aforesaid police members and some local reporters including Liakat Ali Lavlu, Ujjal Hossain raided on fishermen’s boat and looted about one and a half mound of Hilsha fishes.

Later, they went to Gopalpur Ghat of the upazila and divided the fishes among themselves.

Besides, they also reportedly took away fishermen’s net and later sold 2000 metre net to a businessman.

Md. Ali Mridha, Gopalpur Ghat owner representative, said fisheries’ official, police and journalists came to the Ghat around 5:30 am on early Monday and divided fishes among themselves and went away taking their shares.

Confirming the matter, Charbhadrasan Upazila Executive Officer (UNO) Jasmine Sultana said that a mobile court cannot be conducted without an executive magistrate. Surely they went there with an ill motive.

Upazila Fisheries Officer Malik Tanvir Hossain said legal action against Shamim Arefin was under process.

Mezabuddin, President of the Charbhadrasan Press Club, said organisational action will be taken against the accused journalists.