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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.