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Myanmar hands over 17 fishermen to Bangladesh

  • Published at 12:33 am December 7th, 2019
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Photo shows some Bangladeshi fishermen, handed over by Myanmar to Bangladesh on Friday, December 6, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Members of Bangladesh Coast Guard's St Martin's Island station received the fishermen

Myanmar has handed over 17 Bangladeshi fishermen who were detained after their boat drifted to the neighbouring country's maritime boundary.

Members of Bangladesh Coast Guard's St Martin's Island station received the Bangladeshis on Friday night.

Patrol vessel CGS Tazuddin Commander (BN) SM Mizbah Uddin said: "The Myanmar Navy returned the fishermen to us on the zero line of the Bay of Bengal around 9pm.

"They are now heading towards Teknaf from St Martin's Island." 

On November 30, the engine of the fishermen's boat stopped functioning while they were fishing in the Bangladesh's territory, the coast guard official said.

At one stage, the boat entered into the maritime boundary of Myanmar and its navy personnel rescued them on December 5, he said.

The authorities put their efforts to bring them back through discussion with Myanmar Navy, Mizbah Uddin said.

Earlier, a team from Bangladesh Consulate in Sittwe made necessary coordination between Myanmar and Bangladesh for the repatriation process. 

Among the fishermen, 13 hailed from Bhola, 2 from Chittagong, and one each from Jhalakathi and Munshiganj.