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There were about 100 Sri Lankan fishermen and fishing trawlers in the custody of Indian authorities, the Fisheries Ministry said.

The Ministry said that only 11of them had been released so far.  

“There are 103 Sri Lankan fishermen in the Indian custody. Eleven of them were released. The released fishermen are now under the protection of the Maha Bodhi Society Temple in Chennai,” Ministry’s Assistant Director Lal De Silva said.

He said the requests had been made through the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka and the Indian External Affairs Ministry to release the remaining Sri Lankan fishermen and their fishing trawlers, he said.

However, President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a goodwill gesture on Monday ordered the release of 78 Indian fishermen who were apprehended by the Sri Lankan Navy on Saturday.

De Silva said that the Indian fishermen would be handed over to the Indian Coast Guard through the Sri Lankan Navy.

There was no report on releasing Indian fishing trawlers.

He said, Indian fishermen were produced in the Jaffna and Mannar Magistrate Courts and ordered to be remanded till June 16.

“The Ministry will file motions before the Mannar and Jaffna Magistrate Courts to release them under the Presidential directive,” he said. (Chaturanga Pradeep)
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  • Concerned Tuesday, 10 June 2014 06:57 AM

    So now has it become 103+ instead of 13+??

    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 10 June 2014 07:58 AM

    Indian Authorities do not play punky games like out local leaders. They have uniform methods of handling situations.

    Flummoxed Tuesday, 10 June 2014 08:44 AM

    It is clear that neither Sri Lanka nor India want to deal with this problem of who is fishing in wrong waters. Both sides are halves cut from the same nut.

    Public Tuesday, 10 June 2014 11:14 AM

    Wait a minute! why do our fishermen wandering in the Indian waters? Or do the Indian Navy arrest them in Sri Lankan waters?

    SAM_SPARROW Wednesday, 11 June 2014 03:53 AM

    Seems Indian Navy is far more kind.


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