Port Blair, Sept. 1: Fourteen persons have been apprehended by Police in Kadamtala and Baratang for fishing in Jarawa Reserve Area in violation of PAT Regulation, 1956.

On reports of clandestine poaching of food reserves in the Jarawa Reserve Area, several Police teams have been actively patrolling and checking all activities. On 29/08/2013, during a joint sea patrolling, 11 persons of Panighat and Dignabad were apprehended for trespassing in the Jarawa area at Spike Island for fishing. Three engine dinghies and fishing lines along with 40 kg fishes were seized from them and were booked under section 7/8 (2) PAT Regulation, 1956.

The arrested persons are : (1) V. Papa Rao (49) yr, (2) P. Korlaiah (46) yr,  (3) Dilli Rao (38) yr, (4) C.H. Mohan Rao (63) yr, all residents of Dignabad, (5) G. Jangmaiah (37) yr,  (6) P. Punnaiah (40) yr, (7) B. Adinarayan (50) yr, (8) K. Raja Rao (19) yr, (9) K. Dalaiah (51) yr, (10) K. Swamaya (27) yr and (11) M. Hema Rao (26) yr, all residents of Panighat.

Earlier on 27/08/13, three persons namely Bapan Kabiraj (23), R/o Uttara, Kishore Badra (24) & Balram Mondal (35), R/o Shantanu, Kadamtala were arrested by Police team of PS Baratang during sea patrolling at the night for catching crabs in an engine dinghy in Jarawa Reserve Area at Chota Magar Nallah. They were booked under 7/8 PAT Regulation, 1956.