Oct 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has handed over 6 Indian fishing trawlers back to India, having made repairs to them on Saturday (30 September).
The Indian fishing trawlers were seized for poaching in the Sri Lankan territorial waters.
Sri Lanka Navy Ship Ranawickrama escorted the 6 Indian trawlers to the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) north of Kankasanthurai and handed over to the Indian Coast Guard Ship Abheek.
Sri Lankan authorities in July this year announced the release of 77 Tamil Nadu fishermen, who were arrested on charges of crossing the IMBL and the 42 boats seized from them.
A 50-member fishermen team from Tamil Nadu arrived in Sri Lanka last week to salvage seven of the 42 fishing boats released. In the first phase they salvaged seven boats. However, one of the boats has taken in water and was abandoned. The other six boats have been brought back to Tamil Nadu yesterday.