Two naval ships sent to bring back 90 fishermen from Indian coast

Diplomatic Correspondent

The government on Sunday sent two Bangladesh Navy ships for conducting rescue operations along the West Bengal coast of India and bringing back home about 90 fishermen.
At least six Bangladeshi fishing vessels along with about 90 fishermen crossed into Indian water in the Bay of Bengal last week owing to inclement weather.
After detecting the Bangladeshi vessels along the West Bengal coast by aerial search, the Indian authorities informed the Bangladesh government through diplomatic channels that they rescued scores of Bangladeshi fishermen in their waters.
Fishing vessels named – Allahr Dan, Farhad, Nahid, Ma Ganga, Kusum and Abdullah – were forced about 15 nautical miles into Indian maritime territory by rough weather.
Of the vessels, Allahr Dan has 15 crew, Farhad 16, Nahid 18, Ma Ganga 14 and Kusum and Abdullah have 10-12 each, officials said.
No casualties have yet been reported, they said, adding that out of the six vessels two were badly damaged.
Another Bangladeshi vessel was also missing and no details about it could be obtained.
Nahid was anchored under the jurisdiction of Kolkata Kotwali Police Station, Allahr Dan and Farhad under Fraserganj Coast Guard Station and Ma Ganga, Kusum and Abdullah were in the Indian side of the Sunderbans, said officials.
After getting clearance from Indian authorities, the government asked Bangladesh Navy to send ships for rescue operations.
Two Bangladesh Navy ships – BNS ‘Shadhinota’ and BNS ‘Prottoy’ – which were offshore entered Indian maritime territory and started rescue operations on Sunday morning, according to a Navy press release.
There are about 90 fishermen to be rescued, Bangladesh Navy said.
Three damaged fishing boats were undergoing maintenance in the Indian territory.
The naval ships would bring back the fishermen home and tow the fishing vessels in a day or two, officials said.
China-made BNS ‘Shadhinota’ and BNS ‘Prottoy’ were commissioned into Bangladesh Navy earlier this year.

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