Dhaka, Oct 6 (UNB) – Mobile courts in different districts have sentenced nine fishermen to different terms of jail and fined 11 others for netting hilsa defying a government ban on catching the national delicious fish.
In Chandpur, a mobile court on Friday jailed five fishermen for two months each in Shatnol area of Matlab upazila for catching hisla in the Meghna River.
The convicted fishermen are Sharif, 19, Shohagh, 26, Ainal Haque, 28, Eya Rasul, 24, and Khorshed Alam, 23, hailing from Munshiganj.
A joint team of police and Fisheries Department of the district conducted a drive in the river and arrested them along with 500 metres of current net and a fishing trawler.
Later, they were produced before the mobile court, led by executive magistrate Sharmin Akter, also upazila nirbahi officer of Matlab, which jailed them.
In Munshiganj, a mobile court fined 11 fishermen Tk 2,000 each for netting hilsa in the Padma River in Louhajang upazila on Friday.
A joint team of river police, Fisheries Department and upazila administration conducted a drive in the river from Thursday night to Friday morning and arrested the fishermen.
They also recovered 250 kg hilsa and 1 lakh metres of current net.
Later, the arrested fishermen were produced before the mobile court, led by upazila nirbahi officer Md Monir Hossain, which fined them.
In Rajbari, a mobile court on Friday sentenced four fishermen to 18 days’ jail each for catching hilsa in the Padma in Daulatdia of Goalanda upazila.
The convicted fishermen are Nasir Sarder, 30, Munnaf Sheikh, 30, Belal Molla, 25, and Yunus Mridha, 20.
A joint team of river police and Fisheries Department conducted drive in the river and arrested them.
Later, they were produced before the mobile court, led by assistant commissioner (land) Sheikh Abdullah Sadi, which sentenced them.