Maldives releases 11 Indian fishermen

Eleven Indian fishermen apprehended by Maldivian Navy for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line have been released on Saturday.

Updated: Mar 03, 2012, 14:00 PM IST

Male: Eleven Indian fishermen apprehended by
Maldivian Navy for allegedly crossing the International
Maritime Boundary Line have been released and handed over to
the officials of the High Commission of India, police said
on Saturday.

All the fishermen, who were held at Haa Dhaal Atoll,
Island of Kulhudhuffushi, were released and handed over to the
High Commission of India on Thursday, Media official of
Maldives Police Service Ahmed Shiyam said.

The move followed a request from the Indian External
Affairs Ministry for the fishermen`s release.

The fishermen from Kanyakumari district are expected to
return home in a couple of days.

They had put out to sea off the Kerala coast last week
and were to return ashore on February 25. Due to a snag,
their boat entered into the waters of Maldives.

In view of the Indian government`s request, the
Maldivian officials have not filed any case against the
fishermen.

PTI