Total 458 raid operation to protect Jatka in Chandpur.In the last 24 hours till April 17, 458 raids and 90 mobile courts were conducted in the area of Chandpur to catch Jatka Hilsa in violation of the government ban. The district task force has sent 236 unscrupulous prisoners to jail and fined them. The campaign will continue till April 30.
These operations are being conducted by the Magistrate, Naval Police, Coast Guard and Fisheries Department under the direction of Fisheries Department and Deputy Commissioner Anjana Khan Majlish.
According to the Chandpur District Fisheries Officer’s Office, from the beginning of the operation till April 17, 8 lakh people were caught in the crime of catching jatka.
A fine of Tk. 8,000 has been imposed. The district-upazila task force has conducted regular raids and mobile courts.
The executive magistrates, upazila executive officers and upazila assistant commissioners of the deputy commissioner’s office run these mobile courts.
It is also learned that 30,267 MT of Jatka was seized during the regular patrol operation of the district task force. Prohibited current net has been seized 103,090 lakh meters and 69 other nets. The estimated value of these seized nets is 20 crore 61 lakh 8 thousand rupees. The number of cases is 229.
In this regard, Chandpur District Fisheries Officer Md. Asadul Baki said, ‘Unscrupulous fishermen are not going to be suppressed in any way. It is alleged that they are hunting jatka in the river even in hostile weather. Nevertheless, we are continuing the operation on the river under the leadership of the District Task Force. Our campaign against the Jatka-killing clique will continue till April 30.
Chandpur District Coast Guard Station Commander Lt. Asaduzzaman said, “We are patrolling at four points to stop unscrupulous fishermen. Yet some overzealous fishermen are descending into the river to destroy the jatka. We have continued regular operations to resist them.
Incidentally, at the time of the ban, the government has completely banned the procurement, transportation, stocking and sale of Jatka. However, some unscrupulous groups have used various tactics to kill Jatka in the river.
During the ban on killing jatka, 51,190 registered fishermen in the district are being given rice at the rate of 40 kg. This food is being provided to the fishermen on the condition that they do not go down to catch jatka and other fish in the river for 4 months from February to May.
Correspondent: Abdul Ghoni, April 17,2021