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Tamil Nadu: Iranian govt urged to release three detained TN fisherman by M K Ananth January 10,2019   |  Source: The Times of India

South Asian Fishermen Fraternity (SAFF) has appealed to the governments of Saudi Arabia, Iran and India to release three Kanyakumari fishermen who have been detained in Iran since January 5. SAFF general secretary Churchil said Churchil said C Amutham Carmel alias Sudharson, 43, of Pozhikarai, J Sahaya Peter, 45, of Colachel, and S Christhuadimai, 23, of Kollemcode in Kanyakumari district worked as fishermen in a fishing boat owned by Jabar Alban of Saudi Arabia. On January 2, the trio set out for fishing from Tharine in Saudi Arabia and were engaged in fishing till January 5.

They were abducted by Iranian pirates and abandoned in the territory of Iran. “On January 5, there was a fierce gun battle between Iranian pirates and the coast guard personnel in Saudi Arabia in the sea. The bullets claimed the life of a Saudi Arabian coast guard officer. As the pirates were fleeing, they took the three Kanyakumari fishermen who were not connected with the incident as hostage. Later, the pirates abandoned the trio at Phissar in Iran before they fled,” the activist said.

He added that the fishermen, who were clueless about their whereabouts, were rescued by the Iran coast guard and detained for inquiry in connection with the incident. “They managed to get in touch with their

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