Myanmar returns 17 Bangladeshi fishermen
Then Myanmar authorities detained the fishermen suspecting them as Rohingyas
Myanmar authorities on Friday returned 17 Bangladeshi fishermen, who entered into Myanmar territory on November 29 as the engine of their boat stopped working.
At around 9pm Friday, all of the fishermen were handed over by a Myanmar boat with the help of Bangladesh consulate officials, Lt Commander Saiful Islam of Bangladesh Coast Guard (East zone) confirmed The Business Standard.
Earlier, a Bangladeshi fishing vessel named FV Gultaz-4 entered into Myanmar territory on November 29 with 17 fishermen on board when its engine stopped functioning.
Then Myanmar authorities detained the fishermen suspecting them as Rohingyas.
After confirming their identity, the authorities informed Bangladesh consulate in Sittwe.
Bangladesh Coast Guard ship CGS - Tajuddin went to the spot near the St. Martin's Island to receive the fishermen.
They were handed over to CEO of the ship, Commander SM Mesbahuddin.