Court releases 46 Indian fishermen arrested off Trincomalee coast

Court releases 46 Indian fishermen arrested off Trincomalee coast

Written by Bella Dalima

11 Jun, 2014 | 9:16 pm

Court on Wednesday released 46 Indian fishermen who were held in remand custody in Sri Lanka.

They were released after being produced before the Mannar Magistrate’s Court.

The 46 Indian fishermen who were released were arrested recently off the coast of Thalaimannar.

The court, however, did not authorise the release of the fishermen’s boats and equipment on Wednesday.

B.F. Mirinda, assistant director of the Fisheries Department Office in Mannar, told Newsfirst that the Indian fishermen were handed over to the Indian Deputy High Commissioner’s office.

Furthermore, 36 Indian fishermen released by the Kayts Magistrate Court on Tuesday have also been handed over to the Indian Deputy High Commissioner’s Office.

However, a strike action initiated by fishermen in Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu in protest of the capture of these fishermen, has not concluded.

The fishing community in Rameshwaram is demanding that the fishing boats and equipment be released too.

Newsfirst’s correspondent in Rameshwaram says that fishermen wore black face masks and engaged in a demonstration on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, at the weekly media briefing of the Media Centre of the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, Army Spokesperson Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya, had this to say:

[quote]It is not suitable to complain about this. This is a necessary task to uphold national security. The Sri Lanka Navy has never violated the maritime boundary of another nation and arrested people. Such an invasive policy has never been followed; neither will such a policy be followed. I believe that Navy regulations also prohibit them from doing so. Various factions ask us why we arrest these people, and why we do not just let them go. Such questions are a joke. It is right to arrest them because they have violated sovereign boundaries.[/quote]



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