India sends back 34 Sri Lankan fishermen

fishermen_indian_fish_reuteThe Indian Coast Guard repatriated 34 Sri Lankan fishermen who were in custody for alleged violation of the International maritime boundary line.

As part of the repatriation process, Indian Coast Guard Ship Rajkamal brought the Sri Lankan fishermen to the Karaikal port and handed them over to Sri Lankan authorities at the International Maritime Boundary (IMBL).

“Subsequent to mutual understanding between India and Sri Lanka, Coast Guard undertook repatriation of 34 Sri Lankan fishermen. These Sri Lankan fishermen were in custody for IMBL violation,” an official release said.

Meanwhile, two Indian fishermen, who drifted away due toinclement weather in the Bay of Bengal, were repatriated by Sri Lankan authorities.

The two fishermen along with the boat were to reach the Karaikal port last tonight, it said. The repatriation process was coordinated by Indian Coast Guard station Karaikal, marine police and Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission Representative, Indraka, it added.


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