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* Sri Lanka releases 24 more Indian fishermen
Thu, Mar 13, 2014, 07:36 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 13, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court on Thursday ordered the release of another 24 Tamil Nadu fishermen arrested by the Sri Lanka Navy for crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and entering into Sri Lankan waters for poaching.

A court in Mannar ordered to release the 24 Indian fishermen along with their five boats a day after a court in Jaffna released 116 fishermen from Tamil Nadu.

The release of Indian fishermen came after a Tamil Nadu state government official's statement that the second round of talks between Sri Lanka and India fishermen scheduled for today in Colombo would take place only if Sri Lanka releases all the 177 Indian fishermen and their 44 currently in Sri Lankan custody.

However, the Sri Lanka Ministry of Fisheries postponed the second round discussions indefinitely as per a request made by Chennai fishermen representatives. Fresh dates for the discussions are being discussed now.

Indian officials say 32 more fishermen were yet to be released from Sri Lankan prisons.

The scheduled meeting between the fishermen representatives and the officials of the two countries was an extension of a series of rounds of talks that began in January.

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