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Eight fishermen from Andhra Pradesh were held by B’desh coast guards

At least eight fishermen from here were caught by the Bangladesh Coast Guard personnel when their boat developed a technical snag in the middle of the sea and drifted into the neighboring country’s waters.

According to sources, the fishermen left from the fishing harbor here for deep-sea fishing off Odisha and West Bengal coast in the boat, Amruta, on September 24. However, the boat developed a technical problem and got stuck in the mid-sea. 

Boat developed snag, drifted towards B’desh

Under the impact of strong winds, the boat drifted towards Bangladesh whose Coast Guard personnel caught the fishermen and took them into their custody.  

Fishermen in the custody of Bangladesh Coast Guard, safe

One of the boat crew members contacted boat owner to convey the news of their abduction. PC Appa Rao of Visakhapatnam Mechanised Boat Operators Association said the fishermen are in the custody of Bangladesh Coast Guard. He said all the fishermen are safe in the custody of the Bangladesh Coast Guard. “We have approached the External Affairs Minister through the local Member of Parliament to secure release of the fishermen,” he said.

MP urged Minister to get fishermen released

Meanwhile, the Visakahapatnam MP Satyanarayana in a statement here said he had written a letter to External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar to initiate steps to bring back the fishermen from Bangladesh.

He said the eight fishermen, who hail from Thippalavalasa village in Pusapatirega mandal in Vizianagaram district, were arrested by Bangladesh Coast Guard while they were fishing in Indo Bangladesh border in the Digha port area of West Bengal. The MP urged the Union minister to secure release of the fishermen.

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