BENGALURU: Iranian authorities have released fifteen fishermen from Uttara Kannada district after they had illegally entered their country five months ago.
"We are happy that fifteen fishermen from Uttara Kannada were released on Tuesday”, Karnataka Chief Minister and the district administration had written to the Union government.
“All the fishermen are en route to UAE on their boats, based on their convenience, they would return to India”, Uttara Kannada Deputy Commissioner S S Nakul said.
“The fishermen were working on three boats owned by a UAE businessman. Soon after fifteen Indian fishermen were detained along with three other fishermen from Dubai, they had posted a video through WhatsApp to Karwar district administration”, Nakul added.
Earlier, the boat owners made efforts to get the fishermen released, but the Iranian government agreed to release them only after the intervention of the Indian Foreign Affairs Ministry.
“The district administration then wrote a letter to the Ministry of External Affairs and requested Sushma Swaraj to take up the matter. The release of the fishermen was delayed because one of the three Dubai-based fishermen in the Iranian authorities detention escaped from the boat”, he said.
"As a punishment, the Iranian authorities, sent the other two Dubai-based fishermen to jail and Indian fishermen were detained in the boats," he added.
The fishermen were detained since July 27, 2018, by the Iranian government after they had illegally entered Kish island in Iran.
With inputs from PTI
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