Last year in October many of our fishermen were arrested and were attacked by the Iranian navy as they were caught into their country’s water without the permission of the authority. External affair minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted the good news to the country that Iran today has released 15 Tamil Nadu fishermen who got lost into other nation’s water working for some Baharainians and were detained for entering the Iranian waters without permission. She tweeted “I am happy to inform that Iran has released our 15 fishermen from Tamil Nadu. They were detained with their 3 Bahraini boats”. She also appreciated the good work of the Indian embassy in Iran.
About the Incident
About 37 of our fishermen were caught who are currently in the custody of the Iranian government, for getting lost in the country’s waters. Five of them were working in Saudi Arabia, 15 in Bahrain, and the remaining were in Dubai. They were arrested and after spending a few days in jail, all of them were shifted to two other ports Kish Island and Bandar Abbas in boats where they remain under strict surveillance of the authorities with little food or water.
The Indian Embassy in Bahrain paid Rs 10 Lakh per boat to release them.
Also recently Tamil fishermen were also attacked by the Sri Lankan navy in March. Around 2000 Tamil fishermen who were in 400 boats fishing off the Tamil Nadu coast between Danushkodi and Katchatheevu were attacked by the navy with glass bottles, stones and iron rods. On March 6 this year, when the incident took place an alleged open firing was done by the Sri Lankan Navy in which an Indian fisherman was killed. He was 22-year-old named Bridgo, while 3 others were injured.
Iranian court last month declared to release the 15 Indian fishermen who were detained in the country. However, 22 more men are still in Iran’s custody.