Feb 26, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has invited Tamil Nadu fishermen who were released from Sri Lankan custody and repatriated to come and get their boats back, an Indian media report said.
The President has asked the Indian fishermen to come to the island and take charge of their released vessels that are still in the possession of the Sri Lankan Navy, New Indian express reported.
Presidential spokesman Mohan Samaranayake has said that 49 boats which were released earlier are still in the possession of Sri Lankan authorities and the President has noted that it is time the fishermen concerned came over and took charge of them.
The Indian fishermen's boats are scattered over a wide area along the coast from Kalpitiya to Thalaimannar, and the Jaffna coast, according to the Presidential spokesman.
An official at the Indian High Commission has said that the mission is in the process of arranging for the visas and other facilities for the fishermen to travel to Sri Lanka and take back their boats.