Oct 10, Colombo: India is considering to establish a new mechanism that will enable the early release of fishermen straying into Sri Lankan waters, an Indian government official has said.
The Secretary of India's Ministry of Home Affairs has said that India is trying to establish a new mechanism to get the fishermen, especially those from Tamil Nadu, who inadvertently enter Sri Lanka's territorial waters and are detained or arrested, released early.
Sri Lanka Navy frequently arrests the Tamil Nadu fishermen, who they say entering the Sri Lankan waters to fish illegally.
According to the Indian government official, the mechanism with Sri Lanka will be similar to arrangement India has with Pakistan.
"The new mechanism shall be in line with what we have with Pakistan where we notify the counterparts and ensure early release of our people," Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami had said during a press briefing today.
According to the Secretary, with operating procedures that are in place with Pakistan, India can get its fishermen released quickly when they were arrested by Pakistani forces and India reciprocates the gesture. A similar mechanism with Sri Lanka could ensure the early release of the fishermen and also could bring down the number of arrests and detentions.