61 Indian fishermen arrested in the bay
30 September 2015, Nirapad News: Members of Bangladesh Navy arrested 61 Indian fishermen along with five trawlers from Fairway Buoy area of the Bay of Bengal under Mongla upazila on Monday for intruding into the Bangladesh water territory.
Manjur Elahi, sub-inspector of Mongla Police Station, said the Navy members arrested the 61 Indian fishermen while catching hilsa in the bay.
They also seized five trawlers — FB Laxmi, FB Pradip, FB Dakkhineshwari, FB Tripathi and FB Sattyanarayan.
Narayan Chandra Mondal, an official of fisheries department, said 100 hilsas were also seized from the trawlers.
Meanwhile, one of the arrestees — Sanjay Samanta, 35, son of late Prafulla Chandra Samanta of 24 Parganas district of West Bengal — committed suicide by hanging himself in a trawler on Tuesday morning.
On information, police recovered the body from the trawler and sent it to sadar hospital morgue for autopsy. A case was filed in this connection with Mongla Police Station.
Besides, police filed another case against the Indian fishermen for intruding into the Bangladesh territory.
Earlier, the government imposed a ban from September 25 to October 9 on catching, selling and transporting hilsa in the coastal areas to ensure the safe spawning of this popular fish during its peak breeding period.