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The Bangladesh Navy detained 135 Indian fishermen along with eight fishing trawlers from the Bay of Bengal for illegally entering Bangladesh waters. While patrolling the deep sea on Monday night, Navy personnel conducted two raids and detained the Indian fishermen.

Bagerhat district police media cell official SM Ashraful Alam said that the naval ships Banauja Pratya and Ali Haider were on patrol at sea during which 68 Indian fishermen with four trawlers were arrested in the first phase.

Later, on the same team, in another drive, the Navy detained 67 more fishermen and seized four trawlers, he said.

The market value of the seized items, including fish, is estimated to be Tk 3.80 crore.

Mohammad Monirul Islam, the officer-in-charge of Mongla Police Station, said the Navy had handed over six fishermen, including four trawlers.

A police report has been filed for illegally entering Bangladeshi waters and fishing. The arrested Indian fishermen have also been sent to jail by the Bagerhat Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court, said Monirul Islam.

Relations Directorate said the fishermen were handed over to the Mongla police station in Bagerhat on Tuesday.

According to the notification, considering the breeding season of marine fish, the government has banned fishing in the sea for 65 days from May 20 to July 23. Navy ships and maritime patrol aircraft are on regular patrol to enforce the ban.

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