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Police- fishermen clash over catching hilsha

6 injured, 27 fishermen held in Chandpur

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Chandpur  Correspondent :
During the on- going drives against   netting mother hilsa   from 9 October till 30 October  spawning period,  in the  Meghna and Padma rivers from  Shatnol in  Matlab  Uttar up to Haimchar Upazila, a clash,  that took place between the  on duty River Police personnel and the angry fishermen in the Meghna river bank at  Raj Rajeswar area under Chandpur Sadar early  Monday, left two fishermen, three Police personnel and   speed boat driver   injured.
 OC River Thana Abu Taher Khan has told this correspondent  that a River Police  team led by SP Jamsher Ali   launched a drive  against netting mother Hilsa  early in the morning  today in the Meghna river. When they reached Raj Rajeswar   char area, a clash took place   when unruly fishermen armed with bamboo sticks and brick pieces launched an attack upon Police who were then bound to open  five rounds of rubber bullets   for their   self defence.   
Of the injured, two fishermen- Nazmul Hossain Sheikh,20, and Monir Hossain Sheikh,35  of Raj Rajeswar   village are now  admitted to Chandpur General Hospital. The   injured   three Police personnel are SI Jakir Hossain ,Nayek Delwar Hussain and  cop Shariar Hossain and  the speed boat driver  Rubel Mia,20,   were given first aid  at this hospital.
Police detained 18 fishermen from the spot during the   clash. They all except one minor boy were sent to jail hajot through court  after a regular case was filed   with Sadar Model Thana  accusing all of them -said OC River Thana Abu Taher Khan.  
River Police also seized  21 kgs of mother Hilsa and  50 thousand metres of illegal current nets   from them.  
On the other hand , an  Executive Magistrate  Mohammad  Oliduzzaman   in a mobile court sentenced eight fishermen to  suffer one year's jail and sent them all to jail hajot. These fishermen were caught red handed   during   separate   drive by the members of the Coastguard Chandpur  led by Coastguard leader Mainul Hossain.  Coastguard members also seized 50 kgs of mother Hilsha and   three thousand metres of illegal current nets.
 Haimchar Upazila Nirbahi Officer Ferdousi Begum has also    jailed two fishermen on charge of netting mother Hilsa fish for one year each . They are Amir Hossain Gazi,27 and Monir Gazi, 35, of   Haimchar areas.  
District Fisheries officer Asadul Baki has   said, all  the detained 27 fishermen have been sent to jail hajot   with jail terms.  

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