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Indian fishermen languish in Iran jail by Daniel P George & Karthick S August 16,2013   |  Source: TNN

The seizure of an Indian oil tanker by Iranian authorities on Wednesday has once again put the spotlight on the strained ties between the two countries. The families of 19 Indian fishermen detained in Iran for crossing the maritime boundary have been repeatedly petitioning the authorities there. These fishermen have been held in an Iranian jail for more than seven months now despite intervention by the Indian consular staff and the fishermen's employers in Saudi Arabia.

For Sasikala, the wait has been traumatic. It is two months since she delivered a boy. But, she is yet to convey the happy news to her husband K Sahib.

Sahib is among the 19 fishermen languishing in a prison in Iran. He has been working on a fishing vessel in Saudi Arabia for more than seven years. Last year, he came to see his family in Ramanathapuram and stayed for a couple of months. He has not returned since. "I have been praying everyday for his early release," Sasikala told TOI over phone.

The 19 fishermen, all from Tamil Nadu and Kerala, had set sail in four fishing boats from the Saudi port city of Jubail and entered Iranian waters. They were detained by Iranian authorities for breaching the maritime border between the two countries. The families of the detained fishermen, hailing from

 

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