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13 jailed for catching hilsa defying ban

Published : Tuesday, 9 October, 2018 at 12:03 PM  Count : 519

Photo: UNB

Photo: UNB

Thirteen fishermen were sentenced to 15-day jail terms each in Naria upazila of Shariatpur district early Tuesday for catching hilsa from the Padma river defying a government ban.

A team of Upazila Fisheries Department in association with police and river police conducted a joint drive in the river from 4:00am to 6:00 am and detained the fishermen.

The team also recovered 30,000 metre illegal current net and 30-kilogram jatka(hilsa fry) from their possessions.

Later, Executive Magistrate Sanjida Yeasmin, also the Upazila Nirbahi Officer, sentenced each of them to jail terms, reports UNB.

A 22-day ban on catching, selling and transporting hilsa in a 7,000-km breeding ground has been enforced from October 7 to 28 to ensure the safe spawning of this popular fish during its peak breeding period.

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