123 MYANMAR FISHERMEN DETAINED BY INDIA RETURN HOME

12 Jul 2013 11:19
YANGON, July 11 (Bernama) -- A total of 123 Myanmar fishermen charged by the Indian authorities with intruding into India's waters have been freed from Port Blair, India. The New Light of Myanmar said the fishermen were handed over by the Indian government to the Myanmar Embassy and were later brought home on Wednesday, Xinhua news agency reported. Their release came following negotiations with the Indian authorities and their trip home was arranged by Myanmar's Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement and Myanmar Airways International. The fishermen are mostly from Myanmar's Ayayawaddy delta region with some from the Rakhine state, Tanintharyi region, Mon state and Yangon region. A total of 4,398 Myanmar fishermen have been brought back from India since 2000. --BERNAMA EE