CHANDPUR: Twelve fishermen were jailed during an anti-jhatka fishing drive from the Meghna River under Haimchar upazila of the district by a mobile court on Friday night.
The mobile court also seized 200 kilograms of jatka, 3 boats and 5,000 meters of current nets from them.The mobile court, led by Haimchar upazila executive magistrate and assistant commissioner (Land) Reagan Chakma, Chandpur Fisheries Department and Coast Guard, conducted the drive from 5pm to 9 pm on Friday in different areas in the Megna River under Haimchar upazila in the district.
During the drive, around 20 fishermen were arrested, three boats and 5,000 meter of current nets and 200kgs of jatka fish were seized from them, said Haimchar Upazila Fisheries Officer Mizanur Rahman.
Of the arrested, 12 fishermen were sentenced to one-year rigorous imprisonment while eight were fined each Taka 5,000 thousand and they were released after taking signature due to their young age.
The seized nets were burnt on the banks of the river and the jatka fish were distributed among the local orphanages and helpless people, sources said.