23 travel agencies were fined Tk4,50,000 on Monday and 5 travel agencies were fined Tk1,10,000 on Tuesday
Several mobile courts in Sylhet fined 28 travel agencies and sentenced nine people to jail on charges of various irregularities and human trafficking.
On separate raids on Monday and Tuesday, the agencies were fined a total of Tk5,60,000 citing various irregularities, said Sylhet Additional District Magistrate (ADM) Md Nasir Ullah Khan.
“23 travel agencies were fined Tk450,000 on the first day [Monday] and 5 travel agencies were fined Tk110,000 on the second day [Tuesday],” he added.
Starting on Monday five executive magistrates led five mobile courts, which conducted drives against the travel agencies.
Executive Magistrate Helal Choudhury led the drive in the Jallarpar area.
Executive Magistrate Irtiza Hasan led a drive in the Amborkhana area and fined Abu Syed Enterprise, Travel Time, Jilani Air International, Miraj Air International, J Square Consultancy, Ranger International and New Jannat Travels.
Executive Magistrate Ashraful Hoque led a drive in the Upashahar area and fined Abid Overseas, Assalam Hajj and Omra, Alkefa, Khaja Air International Service and White Travels.
Executive Magistrate Umme Chhalik Rumaiya led the drive in the Bandarbazar area and Md Moinul Hossain Choudhury led the drive in the Zindabazar area.
Of the nine convicts arrested in Monday, four who were sentenced to jail term were identified as Hira, Mahbub, Abdullah Al Mamun and Nazmul Islam Khan.
On Thursday a drive was led by Executive Magistrate Md Ashraful Haque against several travel agencies in the Mahajanpatti area of Sylhet city, said ADM Nasir.
Abdul Jabbar , Sylhet unit president of the Association of Travel agents of Bangladesh (Atab) said: “Many legal travel agencies were also fined. The agencies which have ticketing license but do not have recruiting license were also fined.”
Magistrate Helal Choudhury said: “Drives like these will be conducted in future until we can stop irregularities .”
Sylhet authorities are taking these steps in the light of an incident where 65 migrants, majority of them being Bangladeshis, died when their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the Tunisian coast en route Italy from Libya, on May 9.