Twenty-nine fishermen from Tamil Nadu and Kerala were on Saturday detained by Iranian authorities for allegedly violating maritime boundary while fishing near Qatar.

“Due to rough weather, they crossed the Qatar border and entered into Iran. The 29 fishermen were detained in Ikkish island of Iran,” P Justin Antony, founder-president, Tamil Nadu Fishermen Development Trust, said in a statement here.

He appealed to President Pranab Mukherjee to take steps for the release of the fishermen. — PTI