Sri Lanka hands over 37 Indian fishermen

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PTI: Sri Lanka on Saturday handed over 37 Indian fishermen — arrested for allegedly poaching in the island’s waters on 3 April — to the Indian coast guards in northern Jaffna peninsula, a day after a local court had ordered their release.

The fishermen were handed over to Indian authorities on the international waters north of Kankesanturai in the northern Jaffna peninsula, Sri Lankan coast guards said.

Their release came after President Maithripala Sirisena met a delegation of five fishermen association leaders, including Fishermen’s Association President N. Devadoss, and assured to take steps for their release.

Noting that the issue of fishermen needed to be resolved through talks, Sirisena said he would ensure that the centuries-old friendship with India would not be affected by the dispute.

On Friday, a judicial magistrate court at Paruthithurai ordered the release of the 37 fishermen from Jagadapattinam and Nagapattinam.