Myanmar fishermen return home from India
MORE than 150 fishermen were repatriated from India on Monday as their prison sentences for illegally entering India’s territorial waters expired.
Myanmar officials brought back 158 fishermen, the first batch of a total of 243 fishermen, from India’s Port Blair by charter flight.
Authorities provided them with cash and gifts at the Yangon International Airport.
The remaining 85 fishermen will be brought back to Myanmar on Tuesday.
Out of 158, 137 are from Ayeyawady Region, 20 are from Rakhine State and one is from Taninthayi Region.
They were detained by the Indian navy while they were drifting in Indian territorial waters.
They illegally entered Indian waters when they were hit by storms. The engines of their fishing boats broke down, and they drifted into Indian territory.
At the Yangon International Airport, Deputy Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Daw Su Su Hlaing and other officials welcomed the fishermen and assisted them in their return home. — Zaw Min Latt (MNA)