6 fishermen jailed, fined for defying Hilsa ban

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Pns: A mobile court here on Sunday sentenced five fishermen to two years' imprisonment and fined another TK 5,000 for catching Hilsa defying government ban.

The convicted fishermen are Kayum, 13, Mahbub, 18, Afjal, 80, Sohel, 18, Abu Hanif and Salam, 46.

A joint team of Coast Guard and the Department of Fisheries conducted several drives in Bishkhali river estuary of the Bay of Bengal early in the morning and arrested six fishermen and seized three fishing boats.

Later, the mobile court sentenced five of them to two years imprisonment and fined another Tk 5,000, said Shah Md Kamrul Huda, executive magistrate and Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) of Patharghata upazila.

The government has imposed a 22-day ban on catching, selling, transportation and hoarding of Hilsa from 1 October to 22 October.

PNS/Tamanna Khan



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