32 fishermen from Tamil Nadu,Kerala stray into Diego Garcia, detained

Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017,11:55 IST By anju A A A

Kanyakumari/Tamil Nadu | As many as 32 fishermen from Tamil Nadu and Kerala, who reportedly went missing, have strayed into Diego Garcia of British Indian Ocean Territory, fisheries official said today.

President of the Society Jose Biblin said two deep sea fishing boats carrying 32 fishermen are feared to have been detained by authorities Diego Garcia from March 1.

The fishers belong to Thoothoor coastal hamlet in this district and Poonthurai, Vizhinjam and Ernakulam in Kerala.

He said the families of the fishermen had received information that they had been detained by naval personnel in Diego Garcia.

The boats that had ventured into the sea last month for fishing were expected to return by March 1, but they did not.

The families have sought the assistance of the officials to ensure their return, he added.

According to Deputy Director of Fisheries Department, Kanyakumari district, Lamek Jayakumar, the fishermen had contacted their families and informed that they had been detained by British Navy at Diego Garcia.

However, the Centre is yet to receive an official confirmation.