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Tamil Nadu: 700 Indian fishers stranded in Iran to return June 26,2020   |  Source: The Times of India

Nearly 700 Indian fishermen, of which 673 are from Tamil Nadu, who were stranded in Iran, will be repatriated by INS Jalashwa and expected to arrive at the Tuticorin port early next week. The fishermen have been seeking help from February when Covid-19 positive cases started spiralling in Iran. After a tussle with their owners and a battle for help through various organisations and representations from the state government, they have finally got help.
Some even struggled to get the exit visa stamped by their Iranian employers. Fishermen said they started from various fishing harbours like Kish Island and headed to the port city of Bandar Abbas, from where Jalashwa will leave . On Thursday, many of them boarded the ship, while some weren’t lucky. “We are happy to return and delighted that we will be seeing our families,” said Ascar, 27, a fisherman from Kanyakumari district before boarding the ship.

“Despite our efforts, 64 people could not be accommodated in the ship due to various reasons,” secretary of Meenavar Orunginaipu Sangam, Charles Johnson said. The association has been closely following the issue from the beginning. “One of them had high temperature when he was tested before boarding the ship,” he added. There was high drama near the ship as those who

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