129 detained Myanmar fishermen returns from India

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Nay Pyi Taw, June 1 (IANS) A total of 129 out of 249 Myanmar fishermen, who had served their prison terms in India after being detained for illegally entering territorial waters, were released and have returned homme, officials said on Wednesday.

The return of the first batch of the fishermen, detained at Open Distress Camp of India, came after several rounds of negotiations with the Indian authorities, Xinhua news agency reported.

They arrived at the Yangon International Airport late Tuesday, the officials said, adding that the remaining fishermen will return on Thursday by a chartered flight.

The Myanmar fishermen were arrested by the Indian Navy while floating in the territorial waters of India due to a storm and engine failure.



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