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QUESTION NO.3854 FOREIGN FISHERMEN IN INDIAN JAILS

April 06, 2017

RAJYASABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.3854
TO BE ANSWERED ON 06.04.2017

FOREIGN FISHERMEN IN INDIAN JAILS

3854. SHRI KIRANMAY NANDA:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) whether some fishermen from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan are in Indian jails;

(b) if so, the number of such fishermen and the duration of their imprisonment, country-wise;

(c) whether respective countries have tried to get their fishermen released; and

(d) if so, the details thereof?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[GEN. (DR) V. K. SINGH (RETD)]

(a) to (d) As per the available information, currently there are 3 fishermen from Bangladesh and 37 fishermen from Pakistan and none from Sri Lanka in Indian jails.

The duration of imprisonment is not uniform and varies depending on the offence for which they were arrested. They are provided regular consular access and upon completion of their sentence and nationality confirmation by the respective countries, they are released and repatriated.

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