India on Thursday said it has taken up the issue of the detention of 11 Indian fishermen by the Maldivian navy with Maldives and was working for a "swift" resolution.
"We have received the information that there were 11 Indian fishermen who are supposedly detained by the Maldivian navy."
"Our high commission has taken this up with the Maldivian authorities, and we will try and have a swift and quick resolution to this issue," ministry of external affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin told reporters in New Delhi.
Earlier on Thursday, officials in Chennai said the fishermen have been taken into custody by the Maldivian navy for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line.
"All are from Kanyakumari district. We are looking into this issue," district collector S Nagarajan said. The fishermen had put out to sea, off the Kerala coast, last week and were to return ashore on February 25, official sources said.