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Rescue stranded fishermen, NFWF urges PM

Posted on Jan 17, 09:11PM | UNI

The National Fish Workers Forum(NFWF) today urged the intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to rescue 29 Indian fishermen stranded in Iran sea waters without any basic amenities.

NFWF General Secretary M llango,in a letter to the Prime Minister pointed out that 29 fishermen hailing from Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu working in Qatar were arrested by the Iran coast guard as they unknowingly strayed into Iran's territorial waters with their fishing boat on October 11.

In December due to the intervention of the Government of India and as their company paid the fine, they were released.

The company provided them some provisions and they were staying in their boats since then. Now, they are without provisions for the past 15 days and were starving.

Pointing out the initiatives taken by the Italian Government to protect the well being of their two mariners arrested in Kerala, Mr Illango urged the Prime Minister to ask the External Affairs Ministry to send a special envoy to save these fishermen and to ensure their safe return to India.

He also pointed out that the family members of the stranded fishermen had decided to start an indefinite hunger strike in Nagarcoil to press for the rescue of the fishermen.