Bangladesh will hand over a total of 519 fishermen, who entered into the country from India crossing the sea border, to Indian authority.
The fishermen have been under Bangladesh Coast Gourd (BCG) custody for crossing into Bangladesh’s border in Patuakhali, public relations officer of BCG Lt Commander M Hamidul Islam told the FE.
“Bangladesh foreign ministry and other authorities concerned have already held meetings with the Indian officials,” he added.
Hamidul mentioned that BCG has not arrested or detained the fishermen rather they are in their custody, and BCG are providing them with food, medical treatment and necessary safety and security.
The official hoped that the fishermen will be handed over to Indian Coast Gourd shortly after current tough sea weather come into normalcy.
The fishermen might have crossed the Bangladesh territory after facing tough sea weather and search for safe area, they are now under surveillance of BCG authority, he added.
He, however, mentioned that Indian counterpart would investigate as to whether they crossed the Bangladesh sea line because of bad weather or for fishing.
BCG have taken the Indian fishermen in their costly along with 32 trawlers from Bay of Bengal on July 7.