126 fishermen handed over to Indian authorities

fishermenThe 126 Indian fishermen freed earlier this week after being arrested for poaching in Sri Lankan waters, were handed over to India today.

Both Sri Lanka and India on Monday completed the formalities for the release of Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen detained in each other’s country for allegedly fishing in each other’s waters.

Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that Sri Lanka took measures to release the 126 Indian fishermen arrested by the country’s Navy for poaching in Sri Lankan waters as a humanitarian gesture.

However, the Minister added that Sri Lanka will continue to hold the boats and equipment of the Indian fishermen arrested for allegedly poaching. (Colombo Gazette)