Indian Coast Guard forces Myanmar’s illegal infiltrators into Indian EEZ

New Delhi: The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has detained four Myanmar nationals who came illegally fishing near Bairn Island in the Indian waters. On 2 May 2021, Rajshree, a Coast Guard ship patrolling early in the morning, noticed that a fishing boat was doing activity near the shores of the island of Barren. The Coast Guard made efforts to get in touch with the boat but there was no response from it. Instead, the ferry continued to dig forcefully along the rocky shores of the island of Barren, and later the people on the ferry tried to escape.

The Indian Coast Guard skillfully surrounded them and two people were apprehended while the other fishermen managed to escape into the dense jungles of the island. Turtle shells and shellfish, including fishing tackle, have been recovered from the caught boat. The two men who managed to escape were apprehended on 3 May 2021, the next day of the incident. The caught Myanmar illegal fishermen were handed over to the local police of Port Blair on 4 May 2021 for further investigation. It is believed that some more illegals may be hiding in the dense jungles of the island of Barren. The Indian Coast Guard is coordinating with the local police to carry out joint operations to find them.

For the second time in 10 days, the Indian Coast Guard has detained illegal people, reflecting the force’s commitment to protect India’s sovereignty in the maritime zone. Despite the epidemic of Covid-19, the Indian Coast Guard with its boats and airplanes is monitoring the Indian Special Economic Zone EEZ in the Indian maritime area 24X7 and taking quick action on any suspicious activity along the Indian maritime border Used to be.