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The 11 crew members of Iranian fishing vessel Barooki, who were arrested last year by the Coast Guard off the Apappuzha coast, India, will be returning to their homeland on April 8.

The Consulate General of Iran in Hyderabad has issued travel documents of the Iranian nationals. The cost of their tickets will be borne by the Indian Government, The New India Express reported.

"Tickets have been arranged for Emirates flight from the Nedumbassery airport on Friday morning. Through ten out of the 11 crew members were acquitted a few weeks ago, they wanted to travel along with captain of the vessel who was facing trial in the NIA Court. They will first travel to Dubai, and from there board another flight to Tehran," said an official of the Foreign Regional Registration Office (FRRO).

Meanwhile, the Pakistan national who was part of the Barooki crew will have to wait until the Pakistan Embassy responds, before leaving for his country. "Though we have informed the matter to the Pakistan Embassy, the officials have not responded yet," said an NIA official.

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