SL, India reach agreement over release of fishermen

SL, India reach agreement over release of fishermen

SL, India reach agreement over release of fishermen

Written by Keshala Dias

09 Mar, 2017 | 9:09 pm

In a renewed effort to strengthen bilateral ties between Sri Lanka and India, the Ministry of Fisheries announced that an agreement has been reached to release fishermen detained in both countries.

As of date, nineteen Sri Lankan fishermen are being detained in India and ten of them were arrested by the Indian Coast Guard on Tuesday.The detained Sri Lankan fishermen were produced before the Elumbur Courts in Chennai on the morning of March 09.

The fishermen have been remanded until March 23 and they are being held at the Pulal Prison.

J. L. Sandaruwan has been identified as the leader of one of the arrested groups. He is a father of one from Nalanda-Pura in China Bay, Trincomalee.

A statement from the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Development reads that an agreement was reached to exchange detained fishermen following a discussion held between Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka.

Thereby, it has been agreed to release eighty-five Indian fishermen who are currently being held in Sri Lanka.

Defence authorities have already commenced a probe in to claims by Indian fishermen that South Indian fishermen were allegedly shot at by the Sri Lanka Navy.

Military Spokesman Brigadier Roshan Seneviratne said, the Ministry of Defence is currently investigating into the death of an Indian fishermen and that the Ministry of Defence has also instructed the Sri Lanka Navy to probe the incident and submit a report.

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