Fishermen set free by Sri Lanka return home

Indian-fishermenSixteen Indian fishermen, released by Sri Lanka after being arrested on charge of entering the island nation waters, reached India yesterday.

The fishermen, belonging to Ramanathapuram, Pudukottai and Nagapattinam districts of Tamil Nadu, were repatriated by Indian Coast Guard onboard its ship after Sri Lankan Navy handed them over at the International Maritime Boundary Line.

They were received at the Port near Nagapattinam by the Assistant Director of Fisheries Sivakumar and other officials. Later, they were sent to their homes.

Sri Lanka had ordered the release of the fishermen, arrested on September 1, as a “goodwill gesture” ahead of the visit of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to India.