Sri Lanka has released all 54 Indian fishermen arrested this week for poaching in the country’s territorial waters, Indian officials confirmed on Saturday.
The Indian official sources here said that 40 of them were released on Friday and the remaining 14 have been released yesterday morning.
The 54 Indian fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy on March 24 at two different locations in the north and northeastern seas. The Navy also seized their five trawlers.
Upon their arrest, the Indian High Commission has reiterated that issues associated with Indian fishermen should be dealt in a humanitarian manner.
Accordingly, the fishermen were released following the request by the Government of India. (Darshana Sanjeea Balasuriya)