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Iran releases 15 Indian fishermen

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Fifteen fishermen from district have been released by Iranian authorities after they had illegally entered their country five months ago, according to a top

"We are happy that fifteen fishermen from were released on Tuesday. and the district administration had written to the Thereafter, a lot of effort has transpired," Deputy S S told over phone.

All the fishermen are enroute to UAE on their boats and later, based on their convenience, they would return to India, said.

Initially, the boat owners made efforts to get the fishermen released, but it was only after the intervention of the that the agreed to release them.

The fishermen were detained since July 27 by the after they had illegally entered Kish island in Iran, he said.

They were working on three boats owned by a UAE businessman, he added.

Soon after fifteen Indian fishermen were detained along with three other fishermen from Dubai, they had posted a video through WhatsApp to district administration, said.

The district administration then wrote a letter to the and requested Sushma Swaraj to take up the matter, he said.

Nakul said the release of the fishermen was delayed because one of the three Dubai-based fishermen in the Iranian authorities detention escaped from the boat.

"As a punishment, the Iranian authorities, sent the other two Dubai-based fishermen to jail and Indian fishermen were detained in the boats," he said.

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 09:40 IST