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Violence by Indian fishing vessels has increased in the Sundarbans

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The fishermen of Dubla Char of Sundarbans are spending their days through various problems including health risks. There is no provision for treatment. Necessary medicines also have to be bought at extra cost. Fishermen complain that due to violence by Indian fishing vessels, fish harvest and income have decreased.

Dublar Char is located on the shores of the Bay of Bengal at the end of the Sundarbans. Alorkol, Haldikhali, Kabarkhali, Magherkilla, Ofiskilla, Narkelbaria, Chhota Ambaria and Meher Ali’s Char with Dublar Char.

Fishermen from Khulna, Bagerhat, Barisal, Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar settle here every year from October to March. They catch fish in the sea, dry it and sell it. About 35,000 prisoners come here annually. But due to the lack of disaster shelters in this area, violence by Indian fishing vessels has increased. There are complaints that the fishermen of this char are being attacked by Indian fishermen. In addition, there is no first aid system in this village, necessary medicines have to be bought at extra cost.

Fishermen say that Indian fishing boats often come to Bangladesh. They beat them if they say anything. Many times the fishing nets are broken.

Meanwhile, Mihir Ranjan Halder, Forest Conservator of Sundarban Forest Division, said, “He has not received any written complaint about the violence of Indian fishing vessels.”

The forest department said that discussions are being taken with the health ministry regarding first aid.

A revenue of more than four crore rupees is earned annually through these fishermen of Dublar Char. But fishermen are facing various problems including health risks. With government support, the quality of life of fishermen will improve as well as the revenue income will increase.



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