Jailed Indian fishermen freed in Iran

Damam: Nineteen Indian fishermen including three Malayalis, who had been languishing in Iranian jails have been freed. Nissar Kocheri, the Legal Adviser of South Asian Fishermen Fraternity, Qatar, who had arrived in Iran on Sunday for the release of the detained fishermen, informed.

Nissar’s talks with Iranian authorities through the Indian embassy in Iran had paved way for the release of the fishermen. After his meeting with Colonel Alawi, a senior official with Iran’s emigration and Passport department, it was informed that the jailed fishermen would be freed if emergency certificates and travel tickets were produced.

The fishermen are expected to arrive in India via Mumbai airport before September 15. The detainees are provided with free tickets by the Indian embassy. They will also be getting a financial assistance of USD 100 at the Indian airports on their arrival.

The fishermen were detained for breaching the Iranian maritime borders after they had set out in four boats from a Saudi port on December 27 last year. They were caught by the Iranian cost guard along with their boats when they were seen stranded in the Iranian seas after they lost direction.

The Indian ambassador in Iran, D Srivastava and the Social Director of Iran emigration had fully co-operated in the efforts to free the fishermen.

Muhammed Kasim from Puthiyakadappuram, Koya from Tanur and Abdulla Koya from Parappanagadi  were the three Malayalis among the detainees and the rest were from Tamil Nadu.

By Manorama Online


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