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Gujarat: 233 fishermen stranded in Iran for over 3 months return to Valsad June 22,2020   |  Source: The Indian Express

A total of 233 fishermen from south Gujarat, who were stranded at Chiruyeh Port and Kish Island in Iran for over three months, returned back to their homes in Umargam taluka of Valsad district on June 18. Their family members thanked government authorities even as the fishermen claimed that each of them had paid 40 USD for their return to Porbandar in Gujarat, and an additional amount of Rs 1,100 for their journey from Porbandar to Valsad. Clad in a yellow saree, Manisha Bariya (32) prepared fish curry on the occasion of her husband Surendra Bariya’s return. She said, “I had received information about his return the same afternoon. Seeing him for the first time in ten months was like a dream come true. Tears rolled down my eyes as he hugged me… It was a pleasant moment for us. I am thankful to God and the government of India for safely bringing him home.”

Iran was one of the first countries to be affected by the Covid-19 outbreak. With local transport and airports shut, the stranded fishermen on February 27 had sent a video to their families in Umargam, requesting them to talk to political leaders so that they could be brought back to India. Their family members made representations to BJP MLA of Umargam taluka Raman Patkar, who mailed the fishermen’s details to the

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