16 jailed in Bhola for defying hilsa fishing ban

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A mobile court sentenced 16 fishermen to two months’ imprisonment on Sunday night for defying a ban on catching all kinds of fishes.

16 jailed in Bhola for defying hilsa fishing ban

Police and river police, led by upazila administration and fisheries department, conducted separate drives at different points in the Meghna river and held the fishermen along with 5,000 metres current net on charge of catching hilsa defying ban.

16 jailed in Bhola for defying hilsa fishing ban

An two-month ban was imposed by the government on catching all kinds of fishes in 150 kilometers area in the Meghna and Tetulia rivers, aiming to boost hilsa production through ensuring safe spawning and protecting mother hilsa.

Besides, a team of Coast Guard South Region in a drive seized different kinds of net, including current net worth of Tk 12 crore, from Ramdaspur area.

Later, a mobile court of executive magistrate and Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Mridha Md Mozahidul Islam handed down the verdict when they were produced before it around 10pm.

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