Sri Lanka orders release of 54 fishermen

Sri Lanka orders release of 54 fishermen

March 24, 2015   08:17 am

The Sri Lankan government on Monday ordered the release of the 54 Indian fishermen arrested early Sunday by the Navy on charges of poaching.


The decision comes a day ahead of the scheduled third round of talks between fisher leaders from India and Sri Lanka, to be held in Chennai. The 10 trawlers seized, however, were being held by Sri Lanka, sources in Jaffna said.


On Monday, fishermen in Rameswaram launched an indefinite strike demanding the release of the fishermen, news reports said.


Chennai Special Correspondent writes:


The Tamil Nadu government had categorically said the talks could be held here on Tuesday only if the fishermen are freed.


The arrested fishermen hailed from Ramanathapuram and Pudukottai districts.


After taking up the issue with the Indian High Commission in Colombo, the government had insisted that the bilateral talks would be of no use under such circumstances.


Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu has agreed to hold the talks based on the guarantee given by the Sri Lankan government that fishermen would be released after being produced before the courts on Tuesday morning, the Hindu reports. 


TAGS :  India ,  fishermen ,  Navy ,
Disclaimer: All the comments will be moderated by the AD editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or slanderous. Please avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment and avoid typing all capitalized comments. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by flagging them(mouse over a comment and click the flag icon on the right side). Do use these forums to voice your opinions and create healthy discourse.

Most Viewed Video Stories

Arrival of petrol shipment further delayed

Arrival of petrol shipment further delayed

Will assist Sri Lanka in line with IMF policies, delegation tells President

Special gazette issued on sale of rice or paddy for animal feed production

Nearly USD 1 Mn can be saved if Sapugaskanda Refinery continues operations, officials reveal

Number of buses at Bandarawela depot out of fleet

Ambassadors of European countries assure continuous support to Sri Lanka (English)

Sajith says 21A is a 'cowardly proposal' (English)

Jaishankar meets GL Peiris in Rwanda; discusses India's support for economic recovery (English)