MR orders release of 78 Indian fishermen

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a goodwill gesture today ordered the release of all 78 Indian fishermen arrested on Saturday for encroaching Sri Lankan territorial waters.

In a message on twitter the President said he welcomed India’s release of 13 Sri Lankan fishermen today.

“On the occasion of the 1st joint sitting of Indian Parliament, I have instructed officials to release the 78 Indian fishermen in SL custody and I look forward to the release of all remaining Sri Lankan fishermen in Indian custody at the earliest,” the President tweeted. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

  Comments - 25

  • Don Monday, 09 June 2014 09:23 PM

    Caught on sunday, released on monday. Even the catch get net wont sell that fast in the market. We know the motives behind this "goodwill" but would it payoff at the end?

    Manuel Monday, 09 June 2014 10:22 PM

    Trying hard to win the heart of Modi with 13 and 13+ in mind. Keep it up.

    Saman Monday, 09 June 2014 10:48 PM

    Enough of this good will stuff MR. We need to take stiff action against poaching of our fisheries. If we let them go, tomorrow we can expect Asian trawlers sweeping our sea bed till barren.
    Let the Indian poachers feel the full brunt of our law!

    Citizen L Tuesday, 10 June 2014 06:03 AM

    So in other words..NEVER...

    Ruwan Monday, 09 June 2014 11:18 PM

    If we arrest and then release, then the message is being clearly communicated to India that we're not going to sit around and watch while TN and their politicians do as they please! Keep it up SLN and Mr President.

    meera Tuesday, 10 June 2014 12:26 AM

    Don't worry Suq Madique, Boats will be released soon through book doors

    Batangala Tuesday, 10 June 2014 06:39 AM

    There shall be a limit of bending before giants.

    Concerned Tuesday, 10 June 2014 06:50 AM

    The 'good intentions from this side have not been amply reciprocated from the other side, it seems. 00 Vs 103. Why???

    Cobra Tuesday, 10 June 2014 12:58 AM

    Cannot he place this release order in default for every fisherman released ten more get netted. Happens all the time!!!

    solico Tuesday, 10 June 2014 01:35 AM

    if it is so why do they arrest them. finally jaya won.

    ANTON Monday, 09 June 2014 02:05 PM


    Suq Madique Monday, 09 June 2014 02:21 PM

    Good. Release the fishermen but not the fishing boats.

    Izmy Tuesday, 10 June 2014 02:18 AM

    Why not send our fisherman to India and bring them here rather than arresting and releasing .

    Gobi Tuesday, 10 June 2014 08:19 AM

    Sri Lanka triggering India to take action. Wait and see

    dharmapalad Tuesday, 10 June 2014 02:45 AM

    Release a fisher men is not a big think. please do not delay the 13th amendment , to in operation, it in the constitution,president why not remove the 13th amendment from the constitution you have 100 minister the highes in the world,mr Modi is not mr manmohansingh,

    M.O.A.Careem Wednesday, 11 June 2014 01:50 PM

    give order not to arrest - all eye wash

    Muthyavan. Tuesday, 10 June 2014 04:12 PM

    How long is this going to continue losing our natural wealth. via DM iPad app

    shan Monday, 09 June 2014 06:32 PM

    Our Policy on Indian poachers is not having a policy.

    Izmy Monday, 09 June 2014 06:35 PM

    A arrests, X releases.

    Don Don Monday, 09 June 2014 06:37 PM

    Will the Fishes be released to the sea?

    Saskia Tuesday, 10 June 2014 04:39 AM


    Saskia Tuesday, 10 June 2014 04:39 AM

    Until we create the Tamil Eelam in SL.

    perera Monday, 09 June 2014 08:35 PM


    Thambi Monday, 09 June 2014 09:17 PM

    How long will this goodwill continue until? end of unhrc ? until the real modi stands up? we will findout soon....

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