January 16, 2016 03:50 pm
Fifty five Indian fishermen have been released from prison in Sri Lanka out of a total of 104 which the island nation had decided to free as a goodwill gesture ahead of Pongal festival.
“The other fishermen will be produced in court at Mannar and Trincomalee on January 18,” Mannar district fishermen’s association president Manoharan told PTI over phone.
To a question, he said he was not aware of the exact date when they would be brought back to India. The 55 Indian fishermen are now lodged in a marriage hall in Jaffna.
The Sri Lankan government, in a goodwill gesture ahead of Pongal festival, had yesterday decided to release 104 Indian fishermen arrested by the island nation’s navy for allegedly poaching in the country’s territorial waters.
The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources there had said that the letter of recommendation for their release has been sent to the President by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (PTI)