The Sri Lankan government released 29 Indian fishermen on Monday. They were released under orders from the Trincomalee magistrate, while orders to release the remaining fishermen from other magistrates are underway.
The Sri Lankan government has decided to release 106 fishermen as a gesture of goodwill preceding the festival of Pongal. Of these, 55 fishermen were released earlier this week. Similarly, they will continue to be released in batches from various magistrates.
Although the fishermen were released, the Sri Lankan government has detained their vessels. Also, the fishermen will be sent back home only after all the 106 have cleared their release papers.
The fishermen were detained by the Sri Lankan navy for marine boundary limit violations and fishing in Sri Lankan waters.
Source: The New Indian Express