Myanmar Navy frees 22 Bangladeshi fishermen

22 November 2021

Myanmar Navy have released 22 Bangladeshi fishermen who were detained with four fishing trawlers while fishing near the St Martin's Island in the Bay of Bengal on Saturday.
Saint Martin's Union Parishad Chairman Nur Ahmed said four fishing trawlers with 22 fishermen arrived at the St. Martin's Island jetty
Saturday midnight with the help of the Coast Guard and the Bangladesh Border Guard.
However, neither the local Coast Guard nor the BGB members agreed to comment.
Teknaf Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Parvez Chowdhury said all the fishermen are doing well.
Earlier, Myanmar Navy seized four of the trawlers owned by residents of the area with  22 fishermen on board  around 10am Saturday, from the east side of the island when they were out in the sea fishing.
According to local fishermen, those fishermen went to the sea Friday evening on trawlers owned by Nurul Amin, Md Azim, Md Hossain and Md Younus.
Some members of Myanmar Navy crossed the maritime boundary on Saturday morning and took control of the trawlers at gunpoint, they alleged.

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