July 11, Mannar: A Sri Lankan court on Friday released 37 Indian fishermen who were arrested by Sri Lanka Navy on two separate occasions for poaching in the country's territorial waters while the Navy arrested four more Indian fishermen Thursday.
Mannar District Magistrate Ananthi Kanagaratnam ordered to release the fishermen from Tamil Nadu arrested along with their boats when they were illegally fishing in Sri Lankan waters near Katchatheevu Island.
According to an Indian fishery official, Sri Lanka Navy arrested the fishermen on June 19 and July 4.
Meanwhile, the Navy arrested four Tamil Nadu fishermen Thursday for poaching in Sri Lankan waters.
A Naval Craft attached to the Northern Naval Command on routine patrol arrested the four Indian fishermen with their trawler in the seas northwest of Delft Island on 10th July 2014, Navy said.
An Indian fishery official said the four fishermen were stranded in the sea near the Delft Island due to a technical snag in their vessel.
Sri Lanka Navy has handed over the arrested fishermen have to the Delft Police for legal action.