Written by Bella Dalima
12 Jun, 2014 | 4:49 pm
The Department of Fisheries said that it has made a request to Indian officials to release 103 Sri Lankan fishermen who are under Indian custody.
Assistant Director of the Department Lal De Silva said that the request was made by the Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indian High Commissioner’s Office and the Chennai Deputy High Commissioner’s office.
The Sri Lankan fishermen were taken under custody for encroaching Indian waters in the sea areas off the coasts of Tamil Nadu, Andra Pradesh, Karnataka and Odissa.
Lal De Silva said that twenty boats belonging to them too were under Indian custody.
While eleven Sri Lankan fishermen have been released from Indian custody, they have not yet arrived in the country.
The Department of Fisheries said that all Indian fishermen who were in Sri Lankan custody have thus far been released. . However, the boats belonging to them have not yet been released.
Lal De Silva said that twenty three Indian fishing vessels are still under Sri Lankan custody.
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