The 15 Indian fishermen who were arrested after they had ventured out from Bahrain on October 20, 2016, by the Iranian authorities, have been finally released. On March 14 this year, the Iran court has issued the release orders, yet due to the Iran holidays, their release was delayed.
Current Minister of External Affairs of India Sushma Swaraj tweeted:
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
The released fishermen had sailed in three boats belonging to the Bahrain sponsors. They were arrested and then were put behind the bars for five days. Their boats were ceased and kept under surveillance.
International fishermen Development Trust (Infidet) founder president Justin Antony sent requests to the Central and State governments, Indian embassy officials in Bahrain and in Iran, and also brought to the attention of the United Nations Commission for Human Rights.