Iran releases 15 Indian fishermen, says external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj
Twenty-two more fishermen still remain in Iran's custody. Photograph: (Getty)
Iran has released 15 Indian fishermen belonging to Southern Indian state Tamil Nadu, the country's external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said on Monday.
The fishermen, who were working for Baharainians, were detained along with their Bahraini boats, Sushma Swaraj said on Twitter.
The external affairs minister also appreciated the good work done by the Indian Embassy in Iran.
I am happy to inform that Iran has released our 15 fishermen from Tamil Nadu. They were detained with their 3 Bahraini boats. /1— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) April 3, 2017
I appreciate the good work by Indian Embassy in Iran. /2— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) April 3, 2017
The 15 fishermen had been taken into custody by Iranian authorities on October 22 last year after they allegedly straying into Iranian waters while on their way from Bahrain to Sharjah.
An Iranian court had ruled last year that the 15 Indian fishermen could be released.
Twenty-two others were arrested between August, 2016 and January this year. They still remain in Iran's custody.
(WION with inputs from agencies)