Navy assists repatriation of Indian fishermen
Sri Lanka Navy on Thursday assisted the repatriation of 26 Indian
fishermen and five Indian fishing trawlers which were in custody for
more than seven weeks on being arrested by the Navy on April 5, while
engaged in fishing in Sri Lankan waters in Kovilam Point in Jaffna, Navy
Spokesman Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya said.
The fishermen and the trawlers, were handed over to the Indian Coast
Guard Ship Rani Abbakka at the International Boundary Line off
Kankasanthurai. Sri Lanka Naval Vessel Abeetha II and P 450 attached to
the Northern Naval Command engaged in the mission of handing over the
According to Indian media there were numerous protests in Punducherry
demanding the release of the 26 Indian fishermen.
The fishermen were released apparently after the Sri Lanka Navy
submitted a no objection certificate to the Courts to ensure a smooth
release of the Indian fishermen.