Detained Indian fishermen sent to jail

Bagerhat, October 2 (UNB) – A court here on Wednesday sent 15 Indian fishermen detained by Bangladesh Navy to jail on charges of illegal fishing after intruding into Bangladesh maritime territory.

The detainees are Babul Sarkar, 42, Kartik Das, 45, Sonaram Das, 51, Rajesh Das, 33, Bholanath Das, 60, Basudev Das, 30, Pilton Das, 23, Uttam Das, 35, Mintu Das, 25, Bimol Das, 48, Kiron Das, 64, Surjo Das, 25, Nepal Das, 29, Uttam Das, 26 and Ananda Das, 50. According to police, they all hail from different villages in Kakdwip thana of West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district.

After the detainees were produced at the Judicial Magistrate Court, the judge sent them to the district jail.
Iqbal Bahar Chowdhury, officer-in-charge of Mongla police station said BNS Nishan seized a fishing trawler called Ma Laxmi from the Fair Buoy area of the Bay of Bengal on Monday evening during a routine patrol.

The 15 Indian fishermen were caught fishing 90 nautical miles from the Mongla Port.

Abul Manzur, Petty Officer of Bangladesh Navy, filed a case against the Indian fishermen.

The detained fishermen were transferred to the Mongla police station on Tuesday evening, the OC added.