11 Myanmarese poachers flee to meet Nargis-hit family members

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Port Blair, May 17 (UNI) Eleven Myanmarese poachers, detained in Andaman jail and poacher's camp, have fled the islands to meet their family members after the devastating Nargis cyclone hit their country recently.

The Nargis ravaged Myanmar killing thousands of people and destroying property worth crores.

More than 450 Myanmarese poachers were apprehended from different parts of the islands and currently staying in the Andaman jail and several poacher's camp.

Superintendent of Police Ashok Chand told UNI that the Andaman and Nicobar Police have launched an operation to nab the poachers, who escaped from the jail on midnight of May 11.

''We have lodged an FIR under Foreign Act against those poachers and trying to find them out,'' he added.

Every year the Indian Coast Guard and Andaman and Nicobar Police apprehend hundreds of Myanmarese for illegally poaching in Andaman waters.

Police said the poachers might have grown restless after hearing the news of Nargis cyclone, that hit their country, and hence fled to meet their family members.

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