NAGERCOIL: The families of 25 fishermen from Kanniyakumari district, who were detained in Iran, have urged the Indian Embassy to secure their release. The fishermen were detained last month when they ventured into the seas from Bahrain.
Shraya, wife of Jesudasan, the captain of the fishing vessel, said that her husband sent her a WhatsApp message on March 18 saying he and other fishermen were detained by the Iranian authorities when they were sailing on a permitted route.
“All the men are languishing without proper food and water. They get food only when someone known to them brings something to eat. We are worried about the health and safety of my husband and all the other men,” Shraya from Nagercoil said, pleading that the authorities take steps to secure their release.
Anitha, wife of captain Jegan, said the family members were expecting his safe release soon. “On Saturday night, he spoke to us over phone and narrated their plight,” she said.
Kanniyakumari district-based International Fishermen Development Trust (INFIDET) founder and president P Justin Antony told Express that 21 fishermen sailing in four boats were detained on March 12 and four others were apprehended on March 23. He said the fishermen had informed him that they did not enter Iran waters but were fishing in the high seas when they were detained. “The officials in the Indian Embassy should meet them and take steps to get them released,” he said.