Court orders release of 69 Tamil Nadu fishermen from prison

The courts in Jaffna and Vavunia today ordered the release of 69 Tamil Nadu fishermen lodged in prisons in the area, the Press Trust of India reported.

The fishermen, arrested on various occasions on charges of crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) by the Sri Lankan navy, would be brought back here after completing necessary  formalities, Manikandan, assistant director in the Fisheries Department in Rameswaram said.

A Sri Lankan court had yesterday released 20 fishermen, arrested on January and February this year on charges of poaching into the island nation’s waters, and they were handed over to the Indian Coast Guard at the IMBL by the Lankan authorities.

A total of 89 fishermen from Tamil Nadu and Puducherry have been released by Sri Lankan authorities so far this year and 71 were still in various jails in Sri Lanka, he said.

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