New Delhi, Jan. 3: With the sustained efforts of YSRCP twenty-two fishermen held captive by Pakistan on charges of espionage would be freed on January 6.
In response to a letter written by YSRCP MP, parliamentary party leader V Vijayasai Reddy to Minister for External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on August 22, 2019 seeking the release of 22 fishermen from Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts of Andhra Pradesh who have been captured by the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency off Gujarat coast.
The Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed the High Commission of India in Islamabad that Pakistan has decided to release and repatriate the fishermen to India via Wagha border on January 6, 2020.
The 22 fishermen from Andhra Pradesh are from among the 483 Indian fishermen captured by Pakistan.
The MP said along with the family members of the 22 captured fishermen from AP he had met the then external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on the issue and who assured that she would try through diplomatic channels to get the fishermen released.
The names of the 20 fishermen who would be released by Pakistan government are Sherald Kishore, son of Appa Rao; Nikrmdas Dhanraju, son of Apanna; Garmarthi, son of Jekat Ramrao (Ramudu); Ram Babu(Mahepky), son of Saniyasi Rao; Sherald Appa Rao, son of Ramulu; Gungal Rama Rao, son of Appanna; Badi Appanna, son of Apparao; mahepalli guruvulu, son of Satiya (Sepami); Nakh appanna, son of Laxmayya; Nakh Narsing, son of Laxman; Vacil Samuel, son of Kannalu; Kesam Yarrayya, son of Lakshman Rao, Dodangi Sorai Narain, sn of Appala Swami; Kandha Matti, son of Apparao; Korada Venkata, son of Narsimulu; Serada Kaliyan, son of Apparao; Kesam Raju, son of Ammoru; bhahari Bavi Rudu, son of Kordayya; Samsan Rao (Sanyasi Rao), son of Masenu; and Sumanth, son of Pradeep Shelkhiya.