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Tuesday, 26 July 2016 - 10:33
Government Orders Release Of 77 Tamil Nadu Fishermen
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In a goodwill gesture the Sri Lankan government has ordered the release of all 77 Tamil Nadu fishermen who had been languishing in recent months in various jails in northern Sri Lanka for allegedly trespassing the territorial waters.

The fishermen from Rameswaram, Nagapattinam and Pudukottae were among the 77 fishers arrested in the last two months.

However, Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera had said that none of the Indian boats would be released despite the release of the fishermen.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take immediate action in securing the release of all 77 fishermen and 103 fishing boats detained by the Sri Lankan navy for allegedly fishing in their country’s waters in recent months.

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