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10 jailed for defying ban on catching hilsa

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  • 8 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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10 jailed for defying ban on catching hilsa

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CHANDPUR: Ten fishermen were jailed by a mobile court for a year in the district on Thursday for catching hilsa flouting the ongoing fishing ban.

The mobile court led by Chandpur Sadar Upazila Assistant Commissioner (Land) and Executive Magistrate Helal Uddin Chowdhury handed down the verdict.

Chandpur Sadar Upazila Senior Fisheries Officer Sudip Bhattacharya said they detained the fishermen conducting a drive in the Meghna River in the early hours of Thursday.

They also seized two trawlers and one lakh meters of banned current nets.

The seized nets were destroyed by setting fire and the two trawlers were kept under the custody of the Coast Guard and the Fisheries Department, the officer said.

The 22-day Hilsa ban took effect on Sunday midnight aimed at ensuring the safe spawning of the popular fish during its peak breeding period. The ban will remain in place till October 25.

Fisheries Department, upazila and district administrations, police and coast guard personnel will carry out regular drives to make sure that the ban is implemented strictly.