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TN CM seeks PM's help to free 15 fishermen detained in Iran

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Chief Minister K Palaniswami today took up with the plight of 15 fishermen from the state detained by Iranian authorities and sought his intervention in securing their release.

The fishermen engaged in fishing from the Emirate of fishing base were arrested by the on October 24 last year after they "inadvertently" strayed into their waters, he told in a letter.

Natives of Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli and Thoothukudi districts in Tamil Nadu, the fishermen "are reportedly detained in their fishing boats in KISH Island, for the past two months," he said.

An Iranian imposed fine on these fishermen and the same had to be paid by them with the financial support from their local sponsors from Dubai, UAE, he added.

One of the fishermen was a diabetic and also suffering from while another " is reportedly having heart problem and is seeking medical intervention."

The prolonged incarceration of the fishermen who went abroad for earning their humble livelihood would severely affect their families and dependents, he said.

"Hence, I request your personal intervention by instructing the of in and United Arab Emirates to provide necessary medical attention and to take effective legal steps to secure the immediate release of these poor innocent fishermen from Tamil Nadu, Palaniswami urged

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 22:10 IST