21 Tamil Nadu fishermen stranded in Iran released, will be repatriated: Sushma Swaraj
Twenty-one Indian fishermen from
Tamil Nadu, who were stranded in Iran, have been released and will be
repatriated soon, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Tuesday.
They will be repatriated to Chennai
in batches from August 3, she said.
“I am happy to inform that 21 Indian
fishermen from Tamil Nadu who were stranded at Nakhitaghi (Iran) have been
released due to the efforts of Indian
Embassy in Iran and our Consulate at Bandar Abbas Port,” Swaraj tweeted.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K
Palaniswami had last month urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to direct the
Indian Embassy in Iran to take necessary steps for bringing back the 21
The fishermen were engaged in
fishing in three boats belonging to their Iranian employers for more than six
months, Palaniswami had said.
The fishermen lost hope of receiving
a fair remuneration from their employers and requested them to facilitate their
return to India which was also refused, he had said.