Authorities bring back fishermen from India

TEN fishermen who were detained at the Open Disaster Camp at Port Blair in India were repatriated yesterday by air as their prison sentences for illegally entering India’s territorial waters expired.
“We will send them back their homes as soon as possible. There was no case of human trafficking among the ten fishermen,” said U Tin Hlaing, head of Yangon Region Relief and Resettlement Department. The ten fishermen, comprising five from Taninthayi Region, three from Ayeyawady Region and two from Yangon Region were brought back home under the arrangement of the the governments of the two countries.
“We were arrested by the Indian navy while we were drifting in Indian territorial waters after the engine of our fishing boat broke down,” said Saw Gay Htoo from Ayeyawady Region. The fisherman claimed that he and his comrades were tortured and underfed by Indian prison authorities. The group were handed prison sentences by Indian authorities in 2012.
The returned men were provided cash and clothes at Yangon International Airport.

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