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Dist Taskforce team attacked by fishermen, 17 fishermen held , 63 fishing boats damaged in Chandpur

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Chandpur  Correspondent :
District Taskforce team against Jatka netting  came under  abrupt attack by angry jatka fishermen at Raj Rajeswar , Katakhali and Chhai Factory area in Chandpur Sadar.  Additional District Magistrate  Abdullah Al Mahmud Jaman and Upazila Fisheries officer Mizanur Rahman sustained injuries when angry jatka fishermen  of these areas   all of a sudden   hurled brick stones  at 8 pm upon the District Taskforce.
The team comprising  ADM, Executive Magistrate, Navy personnel , River Police, BCG men including Fisheries  officials  was  conducting   drives against  Jatka netting  on Thursday   from 4 pm  till 10 pm  in  Mini Cox's Bazar, Goalia char, Raj Rajeswar , Katakhali, Kachikatha and  Chhai Factory area, Anandabazar, Tilabari  areas  in the Meghna  and Padma rivers  under Chandpur Sadar.  
In order to protect themselves  from attacks by angry fishermen at  Raj Rajeswar, Katakhali, and a place near  Chhai Factory area, River Police and Coastguard members had to open six rounds of rubber bullets and one blank shot to disperse the mob  who retreated later.  
The  District Taskforce detained 17 fishermen,  seized 3.85 lakh metres of illegal current nets and damaged 63 fishing boats,  five fish arots(trading shops) were   burnt down at Raj Rajeswar and one maund of jatka was seized which was later distributed among the poor, destitute and orphanages. The seized nets were burnt to ashes in  Chandpur  at 11 pm on Thursday. Then a Mobile court  led by Executive Magistrate Morshedul Islam at River     Police Station  jailed 13  fishermen   for one year each  under Fish Preservation Act  and  four  small  boys  were released after they were fined.  Additional District Magistrate and Upazila Fisheries officer Mizanur Rahman were treated at Chandpur General Hospital later.
 Contacted, ADM and District Fisheries officer Asadul Baki confirmed the news.   

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