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Arrests: India in touch with Iran

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: India on Friday said it was in touch with Iran to secure the release of 17 Indians who were arrested in the sea, about 50 km off the Bushehr nuclear complex.

The Indians are being held on charges of border violation and illegal fishing in the Iranian waters, according to an Iranian news agency. “We are trying very hard to get them released as soon as possible. This issue is a bit complicated,” Foreign Secretary Shivshanker Menon told newspersons.

The Indians were aboard four boats from Saudi Arabia and probably set sail from that country itself. The police had confiscated their papers and brought the boats to the naval police station at Bushehr.

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