India requests release of fishermen from SL authorities

India requests release of fishermen from SL authorities

India requests release of fishermen from SL authorities

Written by Staff Writer

01 Jan, 2016 | 2:40 pm

The Indian Government has requested that Sri Lanka release Indian fishermen in its custody.

Mahinda Amaraweera, minister of fisheries and aquatic resources development, said that the request had been made through the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka. He added that a response is yet to be given to the High Commission.

Last morning, 29 Indian fishermen were arrested by the Navy for breaching Sri Lankan waters. Navy Spokesperson Captain Akram Alavi said that they were arrested off the coast of Kokilai in Trincomalee.

The Navy had also seized the three vessels of the Indian fishermen. At present, there are 90 Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan custody as well as 70 Indian fishing vessels.

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