Sri Lanka has launched all 54 Indian fishermen arrested this week for allegedly fishing within the nation’s territorial waters, Indian officers confirmed at this time.
The Indian officers in Colombo informed information company Press Trust of India that 40 of them had been launched on Friday and the remaining 14 have been launched this morning.
The 54 Indian fishermen had been arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy on March 24 at two completely different places within the north and northeastern seas. The Lankan Navy had additionally seized their 5 trawlers.
Upon their arrest, the Indian High Commission in Colombo mentioned that they had been offering consular help to the arrested fishermen.
It mentioned the fishermen’s situation wanted to be handled in a humanitarian method. The Indian High Commission in an announcement mentioned the bilateral mechanisms had been being utilised to see an expeditious settlement of the difficulty.
Fishermen from each nations are arrested ceaselessly for inadvertently trespassing into one another’s waters. The fishermen situation has change into a serious irritant in bilateral ties.
In January, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar visited Sri Lanka, he met with Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda and raised the fishermen situation and reviewed bilateral cooperation in fisheries.
“We look forward to the early return of our fishermen from Sri Lanka,” Mr Jaishankar had mentioned.
Later, a three-member committee was appointed by the Sri Lankan authorities which can make suggestions on measures to cease poaching by Indian fishermen contained in the nation’s waters after 4 individuals had been killed when an Indian trawler capsized after colliding with a Sri Lankan Navy vessel.
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