A mobile court sentenced five fishermen to one year’s imprisonment each for catching hilsa in the Meghna River in Sadar upazila on Thursday evening defying the ongoing ban.
The fishermen are Badshah Bepari, 40, Yeasin, 38, Shah Jalal, 26, Sekandar, 25, and Khalil, 40. All of them are residents of Raj Rajeswar area in Sadar upazila.
District Fisheries Officer Asadul Baki said the fishermen were also fined Tk 5,000 each for violating the government ban on caching hilsa.
Read also:Two-month Hilsa ban begins On March 1, the government imposed a two-month ban on catching, selling and transporting of hilsa.
The ban will be strictly maintained in six sanctuaries, said Md Asadul Baki. The sanctuaries are- 100 km in the Meghna River from Chandpur’s Shatnol to Laxmipur’s Char Alexander, 90km in Shahbazpur Channel in Bhola, 100 km in Tentulia River in Bhola, 40 km in Andharmanik River in Patuakhali, 20 km at lower Padma (Padma confluence) in Shariatpur and 83 km in the Meghna River (from Hizla to Mehendiganj) in Barishal.UNB