Bangladeshi authorities today released 178 Indian fishermen hailing from West Bengal who had been arrested and jailed about two months ago for allegedly trespassing in that country's waters, according to a report by NDTV.
Minister of State, Sunderbans Unnayan Affairs, Monturam Pakhira said the fishermen, lodged in Bagerhat jail in Bangladesh, were released at 8 am.
Altogether 179 fishermen in 14 trawlers had been arrested by Bangladesh coastguard authorities two months back for trespassing while fishing. One fisherman, Sanjay Samanta (45) died soon after his arrest, Mr Pakhira said.
The Bangladeshi authorities had also released the coffin with his mortal remains, the minister said.
The 14 trawlers with 178 fishermen and the coffin had set sail for Namkhana in South 24-Parganas district today, Mr Pakhira said.
The trawlers were expected to arrive in Namkhana tomorrow from where the fishermen would go to their respective residences in Namkhana, Kakdwip and East Midnapore, the minister said.-Asfar