Sept 28, Colombo: A group of 41 Tamil Nadu fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy for crossing the International maritime Boundary Line and fishing in Sri Lankan waters illegally has returned home Saturday after they were released by the court.
The Sri Lanka Navy arrested 20 of the fishermen on August 03 and seized five boats. The other 21 fishermen were arrested on July 06 along with 5 trawlers in the waters north of Mannar.
The Mannar Magistrate's Court Wednesday (September 25) ordered to release the Indian fishermen but declared their boats as property of the Sri Lankan government and ordered to confiscate them.
Two Sri Lankan Naval vessels attached to the North Central Naval Command handed over the fishermen to the Indian Coastal Guard Ship "Raj Tharang" at the International Maritime Boundary Line off Thalaimannar Friday (September 27).
Sri Lanka recently changed its policy on the Indian fishermen invading country's waters. Instead of the earlier method of 'catch and release' now the poaching fishermen will be detained and produced in court. The fishermen will be released after they plead guilty and their boats will be confiscated.