New Delhi, March 9: India and Sri Lanka are in discussions to release all fishermen in each other's custody soon. After a high-level discussion between the both countries, Attorney General Office is in process to order the release while other formalities of deportation could take up to a week before fishermen reach their homes.Sri Lankan government is considering releasing some of the fishing trawlers held in its custody as the talks between the two countries to resolve the longstanding issue has progressed well. The Joint Working Group is scheduled to meet next month to take the talks forward, said top Government officials.
Sri Lanka would release 85 Indian fishermen, 50 of them were arrested last week only. The formal orders in this regard are likely to be issued in a couple of days. Release of fishermen in custody happens regularly but this time, it is being hastened by the killing of fishermen in alleged firing by Sri Lankan navy.
The Sri Lankan Navy, however, denied the allegation, saying it does not open fire at poaching fishermen and only arrests them. Sri Lanka has said it ordered an investigation into the incident and wanted to ensure that such incidents would not hamper the good relations between the two countries.
Earlier, Indian Coast Guard has apprehended ten Srilankan fishermen on charges of trespassing into Indian territorial waters. The Srilankan fishermen were escorted to Karaikal and later handed over to the Coastal Security Group.