Sri Lanka releases 76 Indian fishermen as a goodwill gesture
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 01-Sep-2017

Colombo, September 1: The Sri Lankan government has ordered release of 76 Indian fishermen in its custody while another four have been arrested on charges of poaching in their waters.

The release of fishermen came as a goodwill gesture before the meeting of Joint Working Group on Fisheries proposed to be held in New Delhi next month. The fishermen will be handed over to Indian consulate in Jaffna and repatriation to India may take a few days.

Meanwhile, Sri Lankan Navy has arrested four Indian fishermen, along with a boat, on charges of poaching near Delft Island. Also on Aug 10, 12 Indian fishermen had been sent to remand till August 23 by a Sri Lankan court.

Earlier, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edapady K. Palanisamy, in a letter, urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene and secure the release of 64 fishermen from Tamil Nadu lodged in a Sri Lankan jail and 125 detained mechanised boats.

“Such continuing incidents of arrests of fishermen were a deliberate attempt by Sri Lanka to derail India’s efforts to find a permanent solution to the vexed issue,” the Chief Minister wrote in a letter to PM Modi.

Moreover, Sri Lanka Navy rescues 4 Indian fishermen drowning in northern seas on Thursday. Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) has rescued four Indian fishermen drowning in the seas off the northern seas on Thursday, Navy Media Unit said.