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* Second set of Indian fishermen leave for Sri Lanka to retrieve seized boats
Sat, Sep 30, 2017, 08:26 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 30, Rameswaram: A team of 32 fishermen from Tamil Nadu has left for Sri Lanka to retrieve the fishing boats released by the island nation.

This is the second batch of Indian fishermen delegation leaving for Sri Lanka.

Earlier on 26 September, a batch of 53 fishermen, along with seven boats, left for Sri Lanka to retrieve the boats, which are expected to return back by tonight, PTI reported.

Since February 2015, Sri Lanka Navy has confiscated more than 180 fishing crafts, which sailed from Tamil Nadu and Karaikal in the Union territory of Puducherry, on charges of poaching in the territorial waters of the island nation.

In June this year, Sri Lanka agreed to release 42 Indian fishing boats held in its custody since 2015 on a condition that they will never re-enter the country's territorial waters.

Sri Lanka released the 42 boats belonging Tamil Nadu and Karaikal fishermen in August.

The Sri Lankan government has adopted a policy of detaining Indian fishermen arrested for poaching in Sri Lankan waters for a long time and confiscating their boats to deter them from trespassing into Sri Lankan waters.

Sri Lanka's Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera earlier said Sri Lanka's policy not to release the boats and equipment while releasing the fishermen has its desirous effect.

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