MADARIPUR: The illegal sale of ‘jatka’ (small-sized hilsa fry) is going on in full swing in four upazilas of Madaripur in broad daylight.
Sources say the jatka are brought from Chandpur and Barishal to Madaripur’s Fasiatala and Khasherhat. From there, they are sent to various districts, reports UNB.There are allegations that a local trader controls the business with the silent approval of the government offices concerned, who turn a blind eye The claims could not be verified independently.
Madaripur district Fisheries Officer Babul Chandra Ojha said they have already caught two trucks of ‘jatka’ and admitted that a manpower crunch hamstrung their operations.
Madaripur Police Station’s Officer-in-Charge Md Kamrul Islam said they are always ready to conduct raids. “We confiscated two trucks with jatka a few days ago,” he said.
A fish trader of the wholesale market said a syndicate of unscrupulous businesses, ‘jatka’ to local traders every morning. “Each kilogram now costs Tk 200,” he said.