seychelles: Five Tamil Nadu fishermen detained in Seychelles return home | Chennai News

MADURAI: Five Kanyakumari fishermen, part of 58 Indian fishermen detained in Seychelles for trespassing into that country’s territorial waters, returned to Tamil Nadu on Wednesday night.
They were the last of the fishermen to be released by the island nation while others had been released earlier.
Three deep sea fishing boats named Snabaga Arulappar, Dono and Infant Jesus and 32 fishermen were held by the Seychelles authorities on March 7. Two more fishing boats — Vidhya and Vadi Matha — and 26 fishermen were detained on March 9.
The arrested fishermen were from Chinnathurai, Poothurai, Thoothoor and Marthandamthurai of Kanyakumari district. One from Vizhinjam in Kerala and another from Cuddalore were also part of the arrested crew.
While the masters of the vessels were detained by the country, the crew members were released by the country after ten days. The masters of the vessels were held back to face the legal proceedings.
The masters of the vessels — Kuklin Kurusaiyah, Antony Christu, Sunil Venislos, Jerin Raju Sesayan and Maria Segar — were released by Seychelles as the legal proceedings had been completed, said fisheries officials at Chennai.
Fisheries officials led by the joint director of fisheries and fishermen welfare received them at Chennai international airport on Wednesday night. They were sent to their native villages.

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