Bangladesh Coast Guard today detained over 519 Indian fishermen along with 32 fishing trawlers in the coastal areas of Patuakhali on charge of intruding into Bangladesh.
A patrol team of coast guard detained the fishermen in Moudubi area of Rangabali upazila’s Ramnabad channel near the Bay of Bengal around 1:30pm, Md Monibur Rahman, Kalapara upazila nirbahi officer (UNO), confirmed it.
Exact number of the detained fishermen could not be known immediately, the UNO said quoting the executive magistrate present on the spot.
The fishermen claimed that they accidentally entered Bangladesh due to the stormy weather.
They were being taken to Kalapara upazila coast guard outpost from Rangabali, the UNO added.
Further interrogation and legal steps will be conducted, he said.